KPD warns of Internet scams

LIHU‘E — The Kaua’i Police Department issued an alert Wednesday on Internet scams that police say “continue to victimize Kaua‘i residents.”

The fraud schemes occur in various forms, but are all aimed at taking money from unsuspecting victims, a news release states.

Some scam artists use simple requests via e-mail or popular social networking sites, while others develop a more in-depth, online relationship with a victim over a period of time.

It is common for e-mail scams to include official seals or emblems of government entities.  

There are currently several e-mail scams circulating that claim to involve the FBI and IRS, as well as local police departments, police reported.

Scammers are also known for using popular social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter.  Initially, the scammer might pose as a friend and entice victims into sending explicit photos or information which is later used to extort or otherwise terrorize the victim into providing cash.

 “You should be especially guarded with people claiming to be a government official or foreigner,” Assistant Police Chief Roy Asher said.  

Children and senior citizens are popular targets for scam artists, so  family members shouldwatch their online activity, police said.

If you suspect a scam,  call the Kaua‘i Police Department at 241-1711.

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