SCAM ALERT: Hawaii restaurants targeted

Published On: Mar 14 2014 06:58:57 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 14 2014 07:21:56 PM HST

Peter Rosegg from the Hawaiian Electric Company has some tips on how to avoid a utility bill scam.

HONOLULU -

Another scam hits Hawaii and it is targeting restaurants.

Peter Rosegg of Hawaiian Electric Company says this scam is pretty sophisticated.

Click here for Kenny Choi's report.

The scammer calls the owner or owners of a restaurant and tells them they have to pay their electric bill in an hour or their power will be shut off. The scammer then gives them the following instructions:

"Here's what you have to do. Go send the money by MoneyPak. It goes on the internet. Then call them back and give them a number," said Rosegg. "So it's gone in minutes. We've seen it on all the islands, especially Oahu."

In fact, Rosegg says HECO receives 10 to 12 complaints about these reports each month.

HECO says it will not call demanding you to send money by MoneyPak.

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