Governor warns of phone scam

Gov. Linda Lingle’s office issued a warning yesterday to all Hawai‘i residents about a phony telephone survey claiming to be gathering information about unemployment and smoking and asking people for personal information.

The caller, a woman, claims to be conducting a mandatory survey on behalf of Governor Lingle, states a press release. The call is followed up by a letter on what looks like state government letterhead.

In at least one instance, the caller, a woman, asked for information about the person’s employment, what time she worked, how many people live in the apartment, and family members’ names and addresses. The caller left multiple messages and a return cell phone number claiming the survey was mandatory and the results were due to the Mainland.

The Governor’s office was made aware of the phony calls yesterday by a constituent. The Attorney General’s office and the state’s office of Consumer Protection is investigating the matter.

The Governor’s office recommends not giving out any personal information over the phone or Internet.

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