Scam calls on the rise

HONOLULU — Over the past few days Hawaiian Telcom has received more than 200 calls from customers who have received scam calls from their own phone number.

“Neighbor spoofing” is a form of caller ID spoofing that displays a phone number similar to or the same as your own number on the caller ID in hopes of increasing the likelihood that you will answer the call. While caller ID spoofing is often used for fraudulent activity, it can also be used by legitimate businesses to appear as if they have a local branch office. Phone numbers with Hawaii’s 808 area code appear to be current targets for scam calls. Hawaiian Telcom offers the following tips:

• Do not answer calls from phone numbers you don’t recognize.

• Never give out or confirm personal information.

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