Sheriff impersonators, extortion scam prompts warning

HONOLULU – A recent Sheriff impersonator scam incident has prompted the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division to put out a warning. On Tuesday, July 6, an individual contacted the Department of Public Safety and reported that she was contacted via cell phone by someone claiming to be a with a fictitious office called the “Hawaii Department of Public Safety, State Security Division.” The Sheriff impersonator stated that they wanted to send the woman four “compensation fund” checks owed to her, totaling $20,000, but first she would have to pay a hefty processing fee. The impersonator even sent a picture of a fake ID that included a Hawaii Sheriff badge logo.