Stories tagged: scam
Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 9:18 a.m.
Louisiana man charged in ‘Nigerian prince’ internet scam
Police in New Orleans have arrested a 67-year-old man after they say he helped swindle people out of thousands of dollars as a middleman in a “Nigerian prince” internet scam.
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 4 a.m.
Delta: Probe uncovers ‘criminal scheme’ to scam pet owners
A bogus pet-shipping website that tricks people into thinking they’re dealing with Delta Air Lines is also linked to a scam that preys on people hoping to buy dogs such …
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017
BBB Tip of the Week: Look out for bogus BBB emails
Scammers are using the BBB name and a logo indicating they have violated various federal laws such as “Fair Labor Standards Act” or “Safety and Health Act.”
Wed., July 26, 2017, 7:41 a.m.
Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise
On Tuesday, police and federal agents warned that so-called virtual kidnappings are on the rise, and dozens of people already have found themselves terrorized into giving money to con artists.
Mon., July 17, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Man accused of being lottery scam kingpin to plead guilty
A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans out of millions of dollars has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Officials warn that tobacco settlement ads are a scam
Washington state residents are getting peppered with claims that they can sign up to receive their share of tobacco lawsuit settlement.
Sun., June 11, 2017
BBB Tip of Week: Ensure vacation rental scam doesn’t spoil summer fun
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UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Montana man gets 40-year sentence in $2 million house flip scheme
An Eastern Montana man who was convicted of embezzling $1.9 million from 18 people that he convinced to invest in his “house flipping” business has been sentenced to 40 years …
Wed., March 15, 2017, 7:49 p.m.
BBB warns of March Madness scams
Whether you’re looking for tickets to root on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Oregon Ducks or another favorite team, be on the defense for ticket scammers.
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 7:36 a.m.
Hazel Dell couple, out $2,100, warn of mystery-shopper scam
A Hazel Dell couple are out more than $2,000 after getting suckered in by a mystery-shopper scam, and they’d like to warn others to watch out.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 1:24 p.m.
Renton man sentenced in green energy scam
77-year-old Renton man has been sentenced to nearly nine years in prison for his role in helping a green energy company defraud the government of $9.5 million.
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
BBQ food cart chef faces prison term for $3 million theft
A Portland food cart proprietor is facing more than three years in prison for actions taken before he reinvented himself as an acclaimed barbecue chef.
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 8:53 a.m.
Man who stole $1.4M to pay online romance scam faces prison
A man federal prosecutors say was victimized in an overseas, online romance scam faces sentencing for stealing more than $1.4 million from two Pittsburgh-area companies whose funds he controlled.
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:17 p.m.
New jury duty scam hits Grant County
A new scam has made its way into Grant County and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to know what to do if they feel they are being …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 2:32 p.m.
Dozens charged in massive Indian call center scheme
The callers in India, claiming to be officials with the Internal Revenue Service or immigration services, would present those who answered the phone with an ultimatum. Pay us, or we’ll …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 3:48 p.m.
Spokane woman loses nearly $2,000 to “jury duty” scam
A Spokane woman recently lost $1,975 to a scammer who called and told her if she didn’t pay her “fines” for not reporting for “grand jury duty” she would be …
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, 12:21 p.m.
Jury duty threats are a scam to steal money
The sheriff’s office had a warrant for Shirley Merritt’s arrest, the man on the line told her, and she needed to fork over what sounded like bond or fine money, …
Tue., June 21, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
Spokane County man scammed out of $40,000 … in Apple gift cards
When a man called claiming to be a family member in legal trouble, an 86-year-old Spokane County man was eager to help. So he went to the store and bought …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
Seattle Children’s Hospital warns of mail scam
North-central Washington residents have received scam mailings asking for donations for an “emergency fund” to supposedly benefit the families of Seattle Children’s Hospital patients.
Wed., March 30, 2016, 9:38 a.m.
Idaho couple to be sentenced in organic alfalfa scam
A southern Idaho couple is facing prison time in an organic alfalfa scam.
Sat., Jan. 2, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
New scams join old in 2015
Everything old is new again, at least as far as scams making a comeback in the Spokane area. And as 2015 came to a close, the Spokane Better Business Bureau …
Fri., Aug. 28, 2015, 8:17 a.m.
Scam callers posing as fire department
The Spokane Fire Department has received several reports of scam callers seeking donations for fire victims.
Sun., July 26, 2015
BBB Tip of the Week
The U.S. Department of Justice is asking for your help to further its investigation and strengthen its criminal case against six Nigerian nationals who were extradited from South Africa to …
Sun., Feb. 22, 2015
Life insurance scam targets local widows
It seemed simple enough. Shortly after her husband of 46 years died earlier this month, Irene Schell got a phone call from a woman who informed her that her husband …
Sat., Feb. 21, 2015, 8:55 p.m.
Scammers targeting recent widows in Spokane area
Scammers are targeting recently widowed women in Eastern Washington in a life insurance scam, officials say.
Mon., Sept. 15, 2014
Avista cautions customers about scams
Avista wants customers to know it never makes high-pressure calls threatening to turn off electricity if they don’t pay instantly over the phone. Utility scams are increasing across the country …
Wed., June 25, 2014, 2:48 p.m.
Avista warns against scams after South Hill incident
After reports of a woman wearing a hat that appeared to have the Avista Corp. logo trying to enter a South Hill home Tuesday, the company is urging customers to …
Wed., Oct. 30, 2013
Builder who stole given a new contractor’s license
A Spokane building contractor twice imprisoned for stealing from customers managed to get a new state contractor’s license this summer after his March release. The Washington Department of Labor and …
Mon., Sept. 30, 2013, 10:14 a.m.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office warns about bail bond scam
A Liberty Lake man lost nearly $2,000 over the weekend in a phone scam where a caller claiming to be a police officer in New York asked for bail to …
Wed., Aug. 7, 2013, 3:14 p.m.
Scammers promise a clear criminal record
A recent string of scam calls promises Spokane County residents that a clean criminal record is just a phone call away.