SNOHOMISH COUNTY- Scammers posing as deputies. This is a scam that I reported on last week. According to this morning’s The Herald, reports of this scam continue to come into the Sheriff’s Office. For more information go to:The Herald-
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140728/NEWS01/140729237/Phone-scammers-rely-on-new-trick-%97-posing-as-deputiesAnd remember, deputies will not call to tell you they are on their way to arrest you.
CENTRAL WASHINGTON- Scammers target the fires in Central Washington. According to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, scammers are trying to take advantage of the disaster caused by the fires in Central Washington. Like after the landslide at Oso, scammers are claiming to be collecting money for the fire victims, but are pocketing the money for themselves.The best thing to do if you want to help the victims of the fires is to contribute directly to legitimate charities such as the Red Cross. You can also research charities on the Washington State Secretary of State’s web site:
For more information about the fire scams go to:
DENVER- Comcast Offer Scam. While this one has not originated in Washington, it has affected customers of Comcast which does business in our area.Apparently, scammers are calling Comcast customers telling them that they can lock in a good rate for a year if they pay six months ahead. The only way to get a good rate is to pay $600 up front with a Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid cash card.
While Comcast will accept payment for bills with prepaid cash cards, it does not demand payment in advance for its services.The big clue should be that the scammer wants payment only by the prepaid cash card. This is similar to other scams such as the warrant scam that has been reported in Snohomish County.
For more details about this scam, go to:
Consumerist.com and KUSA 9 News-