The following are scams that were reported to Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest & Pacific in March. In most instances, names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.
In March, there were 33 scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker with an estimated $2,000 lost in Hawaii.
A Honolulu woman reports she lost $1,500 to a sweepstakes/lottery/prizes scam. She reported she received a call claiming she had won the Publisher’s Clearing House prize, but in order to receive her prize she had to wire money to cover taxes and other fees. Once she wired the money, they asked for more to take care of state taxes. She realized it was a scam when they asked her to send the money in a package to a man in New Jersey.
A Pāhoa man reports he was a victim of a travel/vacation scam when a man called for his wife claiming to be working with Expedia. When the caller asked for his number, he hung up the phone. He knew it was a scam when he tried to call back, and there was no phone connection.
Online Purchase Scam
A Pearl City woman reports she lost $40 to an online purchase scam she inquired about on social media. She reports the company, Smoothie Life, claims to sell vegan protein smoothie mix. She realized it was a scam when she never received an email confirmation or her smoothie mix.