LIHUE — Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is warning the public about phone scams targeting KIUC customers.
KIUC has received multiple calls from customers saying they received a call that their account was delinquent and they had to pay or their power would be shut off.
KIUC does not initiate calls to customers about late bills.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Kauai Police Department hadn’t received any formal reports on the scam, but spokeswoman Sarah Blane encourages anyone who suspects they may be a victim of this, or any other scamp, to report it to the police immediately at 241-1711.
“Once a scam artist has taken your money, it is almost impossible to get it back, so KPD encourages the public to follow the simple prevention tips that KIUC provided to help from falling victim,” Blane said.
Never provide personal, confidential or financial information to anyone when responding to unsolicited phone calls or e-mails. If you’re not sure if the call is legitimate, get the caller’s name, phone number and company name and tell them you’ll call them back after verifying their information. Report it to the police.
Similar calls were reported in September 2016, October 2015, February 2014 and in April 2013.