Honolulu, HI – June 15, 2017: Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau has received at least 8 reports, this week, of a phishing scam coming from an 808 Hilo number. Consumers are reporting receiving a call, from an 808 number, prompting them to press 1 to lower their credit rates and threatened that if they do not do so, their credit rates will increase. Once they press 1, they are transferred to a call center where they are asked to supply their social security number and banking information.
The scammers behind the phishing scam are not asking for payment, yet. This means that for now, the scam is gathering information for use in future frauds or Identity Theft.
President and CEO, Gregory Dunn states, “Because these calls are appearing on caller ID as a local number, consumers here in Hawaii are much more likely to answer the call even if they don’t necessarily recognize the number.”
Some of the numbers reported with this scam include –
Hawaii’s BBB offers the following tips for consumers to protect themselves from phishing scams.
Any scam should be reported using the BBB Scam Tracker.
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