Hawaii Island Police are warning the public about scam phone calls where the caller tells the intended victim of the scam that it is Fire Safety Month and that it is necessary for the caller to come to the home of the intended victim to inspect their smoke alarms. However, this is a scam and the callers are merely trying to be invited into their victims’ homes where they will rob their homes. It is important to note that there is no Fire Safety Month. There is a Fire Prevention Month, however, it is October and no one is going to call your home to legitimately come inspect your smoke detectors. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) urges people to test their smoke detectors at least once a month and replace batteries in battery powered smoke detectors once or twice a year. Many people choose to change their batteries when they change their clocks during daylight savings time in the Spring and the Fall. While this scam is presently being reported in Hawaii, this scam and and similar scams are being perpetrated everywhere in this country and around the world.
Although this particular scam involved an inspection of your home’s smoke detectors, you should always be wary of any telephone call that indicates that someone needs to gain entry to your home for any reason. Always independently confirm that there is a legitimate need for such an inspection. Also, remember that your Caller ID can be tricked through a technique called “spoofing” to make a call appear to have originated from a legitimate source, when the call is really coming from a scammer.
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