Here are the some of the latest threats that could impact your financial safety

Have you received a call, text, or email from someone claiming to be from HawaiiUSA, but you weren't quite sure if it's really us, not a scammer?

Do not click links, respond, or ever give sensitive information such as your account number, debit/credit card, transaction or personal information if you did not initiate the contact through a trusted HawaiiUSA phone number (808) 534.4300, (800) 379.1300, or live chat on our website. HawaiiUSA never asks for your PIN, or password.

If you receive a suspicious call, text, or email, Contact us using a trusted method instead. If it's really a HawaiiUSA representative, they will not be upset. If the person tries to pressure or threaten you, hang up immediately. 

Here are a few examples of a text scams: 

  • Scammer poses as HawaiiUSA, sending an SMS text message with a link that leads to a fake website. Do not click the link, reply, or provide sensitive information.
  • Scammer poses as HawaiiUSA, sending an SMS text message to validate a purchase/transaction with Yes or No. When user replies, the scammer calls via phone to ask for sensitive account info. Do not respond or provide sensitive information.

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Beware of emails or texts from Amazon or any other retailer regarding orders you didn't place. Scammers use phishing to trick you into clicking on links that will infect your device with malware, or con you into giving up your account information. Remember, they rely on fear and curiosity to try to make you act without thinking. 

If you receive an unexpected email or text, resist the temptation to open it. Always go straight to the retailer's trusted site, and/or check your credit card or bank account transactions. If there is a fraudulent transaction, as long as you report it right away you can dispute charges you didn't make. 

Scammers prey on people when they are most vulnerable: when they're afraid, lonely, and feeling hopeless. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new scams. Here are some of the common ones:

  • Economic Impact Payment or tax refund scams - the IRS will never call, email, or text asking for your bank account information. If in doubt, go to the source irs.gov.
  • Vaccine or cure scams - do not respond to any offers for vaccines or treatments. Go to a trusted government or healthcare source. 
  • Work from home scams - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. With many people unemployed or looking to earn money remotely, these scams are on the rise. 

Visit the Federal Trade Commission to learn more and protect yourself. 

The Department of Public Safety (PSD) is warning the public of a reoccurring sheriff’s deputy impersonator.

Officials said, in recent days people have called the Sheriff Division to report that an individual called them and claimed to be a deputy sheriff.

In many of the cases, the scammer claimed that the individual owed money for outstanding warrants, traffic citations and/or missed jury duty. The victim is then instructed to send money electronically.

PSD said that victims have paid money to these scammers using cryptocurrency in some cases.

The department stated that sheriffs do not call, text, or email people asking for personal information or to solicit payment electronically or by phone.

The public is advised to never provide credit card numbers, bank account information or other personal information to callers claiming to work for a law enforcement agency.