Public Safety warns of new phone scam

Scammers claiming to be with the Drug Enforcement Administration are using the Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Division telephone number to fool physician offices into paying money, the department warned Thursday.

The department has gotten reports that scammers have tried to fool physician offices into thinking they’re in trouble with the DEA by telling them to pay money to get charges cleared or face arrest. The department said the scam is similar to recent ones in that the call comes in from what appears to be a local government number, but has actually been spoofed or cloned. The best course of action is to avoid answering numbers you don’t recognize, the department advised.

The Narcotics Enforcement Division will never ask for personal information or solicit payment over the phone. They will never say they are representing another agency. Hawaii residents should also not provide credit card numbers or other personal information to callers claiming to represent law enforcement agency or the courts.

Anyone who receives a call matching this scam should alert the Sheriff Division at (808) 586-1352.