CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department would like to inform the public of reports of people receiving spoofed phone calls from the Honolulu Police Department.
Multiple individuals are reporting that they received a phone call from someone claiming to be with HPD. In one incident the person used the name of Lieutenant Andrew Maddock and instructed the victim to open a document that was sent via email.
The public is reminded that the Honolulu Police Department does not call, text or email people to solicit payment electronically or by phone. Hawaii residents are also advised not to provide credit card numbers or other personal information to callers claiming to represent a law enforcement agency.
The HPD does not solicit donations from the public. If you receive a phone call from someone soliciting donations on behalf of the HPD, please hang up.
There is an app that allows phone spoofing. It conceals the number of the phone being used and uses another phone number to appear in your caller ID.
It can appear to be a Federal Government Agency or your local police department. This can also be used to imitate utility companies, Hawaiian Electric Company or Board of Water Supply, in order to collect false debts.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300. The public may now send anonymous web tips to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips App.