Scammers posing as state government representatives have been attempting to acquire personal information from Hawaii residents.

Complaints were submitted to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority by people who were attempting to apply for Section 8 housing vouchers and found themselves on a fake website where they were asked for their credit card and social security numbers to complete a credit check, according to a statement from the Hawaii Attorney General’s office.

The Department of Budget and Finance has also received complaints from individuals receiving an email about an official letter from the director and a membership certificate. Recipients were asked for money to “gain rights to certain benefit.”

“If you receive a suspicious message that claims to be from a government agency, do not click on any links in the email or respond to the email or call with any personal or financial information,” said Attorney General Douglas S. Chin in the statement.

The office urged citizens to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. It also suggested people be on the lookout for “poorly written” emails, senders that do not have a “.gov” email address and emails that claim recipients are entitled to money or owe money.

Confirmed Attorney General Doug Chin. 13 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Attorney General Doug Chin is warning about scammers.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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