“They weren’t even overdue, but the scammers sounded so convincing that these business owners were willing to pay. They actually went to a Bitcoin machine as directed by these scammers and fed cash into the machines, which then transfers it into digital currency.”Jim Alberts, the Senior Vice President for Customer Service at Hawaiian Electric Companies has continued this sentiment, offering further advice:
“This is simply a new twist on an old scam, but our same advice applies: just hang up. Whether it’s Bitcoin, gift cards or money orders, our companies aren’t going to threaten you or have you running around town to meet unorthodox payment demands.”See more for yourself, here. Reports are also pointing out that in some instances, customers have been scammed with fake letters and have even been sent to Bitcoin ATMs within Hawaii in order to send the Bitcoin to the scammers, though I do think someone is missing something here. How have the scammers managed to get hold of the customers details? Either the scammers are guessing whose power is provided by which company, or, more likely, the scammers have gained access to the customer records of the aforementioned energy supply firms. In this instance, surely somebody needs to be held accountable? It’s speculation, but I just can’t see how people could fall for this scam, unless the communications they receive came from their own energy suppliers, therefore we must ask how the scammers managed to get hold of this information in the first place?