HECO issues new warning about ‘elaborate’ scams

Hawaiian Electric Co. is warning customers of a rise in “elaborate” money-stealing scams including a new trend that involves unwitting real estate agents.

People purporting to be from HECO have called the real estate agents claiming a listing will have its power shut off immediately unless a payment is made, and gives them a fraudulent phone number for the homeowner to call. In at least one case, an agent passed the number on to their client.

In that instance, HECO said, the homeowner was told…


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