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MEO warns of scammers

Maui Economic Opportunity is warning the public that some of its phone numbers are being spoofed by scammers.

Caller ID numbers are being manipulated to appear that the calls are coming from MEO, when in fact the calls are scammers, the organization said in a news release. If the calls are answered, scammers will use scam scripts to try to steal money or valuable personal information, which can be used in fraudulent activity, the Federal Communications Commission website says.

MEO does not have a way to block spoofers. Clients of MEO could let calls go to voicemail or block the number and communicate by calling a legitimate MEO phone number themselves or using email. Numbers can be found on the MEO website, www.meoinc .org, or in the phone book.

Lt. Audra Sellers of the Maui Police Department Community Relations Section said that callers who receive a scam phone call can contact the department’s nonemergency number at (808) 244-6400 and dial 0 at the recording for the operator.

She also reminded those who receive spoofing calls to not provide any personal information. They also can report the scam to the Federal Communications Commission at https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new? ticket_form_id=39744.

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