By David Corrigan and Stephanie Salazar
SOUTH KOHALA, Hawaii: Big Island police are warning the public about a likely scam involving insecticide services being performed without prior authorization.
On November 28, police responded to a report that an 86-year-old South Kohala man had paid thousands of dollars to two unknown men after they supposedly protected his home from insects. The two men had gone to the victim’s house and, without prior authorization or an estimate for their services, cleaned insects from the eaves, sprayed what they said was insecticide and then washed the exterior of the windows. When the work was completed, they told the homeowner he owed $3,600, which the victim paid.
Police urge the public to report any suspicious business practices and not to feel intimidated into paying for services they didn’t request. Police ask that anyone with information about similar incidents call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.