Monday, October 20, 2014

MILL CREEK- Police Looking for Suspects Using Stolen Credit Cards

When burglars break into a home, they will take anything that has value that they can see or find easily. That can be wallets, purses, cell phones, iPods, TV’s, jewelry, etc. That can also be credit or debit cards.

The Mill Creek Police Department is looking for two suspects who tried to use stolen credit cards in stores in Mill Creek. Both suspects were sighted in store video.

One suspect, Jonathan Paulsen is wanted for stolen property, identity theft and forgery. He has a big “Seattle” tattoo on one forearm.



Along with Paulsen, on the left, Mill Creek Police are seeking another man, on the right, for using a different card stolen from the same burglary at another store. Detectives believe that the man may have been dressed in some sort of uniform since the dark hat and dark shirt look like they have emblems on them.

If you recognize the man on the right or you know where police can find Jonathan Paulsen please call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Channel 13, Washington’s Most Wanted:


Sunday, October 19, 2014

SEATTLE- The Seattle Times Newspaper Sends Warning of Scam

Scammers frequently try to misdirect victims from legitimate businesses, charities and governmental organizations to the scammer's web site or email address in order to collect personal information or money.

The Seattle Times recently sent a warning to its subscribers about a nationwide scam that sends fraudulent renewal notices to both Times subscribers and non-subscribers.

According to the Times, the notices may refer to a variety of company names, including:

Readers Payment Service, Associated Publishers Network,,, Orbital Publishing Group, Publishers Billing Exchange, United Publisher Service, Magazine Billing Network. The scammers may use other company names also. The Seattle Times emphasizes that none of these companies are associated with The Seattle Times.

In addition, the fraudulent notices will have the following characteristics:

• Notices may reference a renewal notice, new order, or renewal service.

• The notices ask for the check to be made out to a company other than The Seattle Times.

• The suspect remittance address could be a P.O. Box in White City, OR, Henderson, NV, or Reno, NV. No remittance address other than the Seattle Times' address is valid.

• It appears that the notices are sent randomly to individuals within the Seattle Times market, both to existing subscribers and to people who have no current subscriber relationship with The Seattle Times.

The Seattle Times Company advised its subscribers that its legitimate renewal notices will have you make payment to The Seattle Times and that payments should be sent to:

The Seattle Times Company
P.O. Box 34698
Seattle, WA 98124-1698


The Seattle Times has notified federal law enforcement authorities about this scam.

The Times strongly urges you that if you receive this fraudulent notice that you do not respond to it.

Also, if you receive a fraudulent renewal notice it asks that you help The Seattle Times assist federal law enforcement by sending The Times a copy of the notice to:


The Seattle Times:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FRAUD WATCH NETWORK- 5 Pet Scams You Need to Know

You would think that your pet would be immune to scammers. But, according to AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, scammers will use your pet to get money out of you. This link talks about the 5 ways scammers will try to victimize you:

SEATTLE- North Seattle Crime Ring

The Seattle Police Department has broken a crime ring that was victimizing north Seattle. Crimes that this ring conducted included car theft, mail theft, ID theft, theft of packages from porches, and fraud.

While this bust occurred in Seattle, it gives a good profile of how many criminals work:

SNOHOMISH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE– Preventing Crime- Looking at the Situation

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has just published the latest issue of “Partners in Crime Prevention.” This issue looks at one of the theories that crime prevention professionals use to develop action plans and methods to prevent crime. With some of the points of the theory, Situational Crime Prevention, you too can take action to prevent crime in your neighborhood.

For the issue, go to:                                        

Thursday, September 25, 2014

SCAMS– Debt Relief Scams

AARP’s Fraud Watch Network along with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office has issued a warning about debt relief scams.

You may see an ad on TV, or receive an email, or they may call you. They claim that they can lower your monthly credit card and loan payments. They’ll guarantee that they will reduce your debt for a nominal fee.

This kind of “help” might be enticing if you are struggling with debt. But beware! Here are some hints that the “help” is no help at all. The scammer:

  • Charges large upfront fees before he or she settles your debts.
  • Guarantees that he/she can make your unsecured debt go away.
  • Tells you that he/she can stop all debt collection calls and lawsuits.
  • Won’t send you free information about their services unless you provide personal and financial information, like your credit card and bank account numbers.

If you received a call with a recorded sales pitch, and you have not given permission for that company to call you, hang up. Do not press 1 to talk to a live operator. Do not press any number. Your phone number may be added to a phone call list that can be sold to other scam artists. And then you may receive all kinds of calls for many other scams.

If you become a victim of any scam, file a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office ( or the Federal Trade Commission (

If you do have large debt you can find legitimate credit counselors. The place to start is the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (

You can find more information about credit and debt from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions at




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON STATE– Marijuana Laws Emphasize Safety

This morning The Herald published an article on marijuana laws in Washington State. It is a good summary of what you should think about if you decide to use this now legal drug. To read it go to:

Other sources about marijuana include:

Marijuana Use in Washington State: An Adult Consumer’s Guide:

Learn About Marijuana:

Washington State Liquor Control Board: