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  • THURSDAY, 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 …

  • TUESDAY, 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 …

  • SATURDAY, 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, …

  • TUESDAY, 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 …

  • WEDNESDAY, 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.

  • WEDNESDAY, 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.

  • SATURDAY, 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 …

  • FRIDAY, 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.

  • SUNDAY, 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 …

  • SUNDAY, 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 …

  • SATURDAY, 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.

  • MONDAY, 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 …

  • WEDNESDAY, 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 …

  • WEDNESDAY, 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 …

  • MONDAY, 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 …

  • WEDNESDAY, 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.

  • MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

    Prison guard unravels con’s alleged mail fraud

    Longtime Idaho prison inmate Mark Anthony Brown had only been at the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino for five months when suspicions were aroused. In March 2012, a mail room …

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

    Idaho inmate accused of continuing fraudulent ways in prison

    It’s clear that Mark Brown is a smart guy, maybe even borderline brilliant. But what’s astounding is the way he apparently pulled off a major, yearslong financial fraud, taking in …

  • FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

    Small-time con artist makes a big impression

    Marc Resseman opened his door on Halloween, but he didn’t find trick-or-treaters. He found an old Rogers High School acquaintance.

  • SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011

    Scam uses Craigslist to post fake home rentals

    A scammer, apparently based in Africa, is posting bogus Spokane house rentals on Craigslist. Realtor Jessica Howerton said she was inundated with calls from potential renters of a home at …

  • FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010, 12:08 P.M.

    STCU warns of scam calls seeking card information

    A Spokane credit union says local consumers are reporting a phone scam aimed at tricking them to reveal debit and credit card information.

  • THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010, 3:45 P.M.

    Idaho teacher victim of Internet scam

    A first-grade teacher in Hayden Lake is among hundreds of consumers scammed by an Illinois company that continues tapping their checking accounts long after they have paid for products ordered …

  • FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008, 6 P.M.

    Online scam targets unemployed

    The state of Washington is warning of an internet scam targeting one of the nation’s fastest-growing populations: the unemployed.

  • THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2008

    My, what big endorsements you have

    OLYMPIA – The Pierce County sheriff’s deputies’ union recently endorsed Attorney General Rob McKenna for re-election over his challenger, Pierce County executive John Ladenburg. Political reporters get a lot of …

  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2007

    Job ad cons woman, newspaper

    The lure of travel and a chance to earn good money conned 21-year-old Chelsea Buckner into sending nearly $300 to someone offering her a job as a flight attendant. Buckner, …

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007

    Regional job scam goes worldwide

    Con artists posing as recruiters for nonprofits with points of contact in the Northwest have been exposing well-meaning job applicants around the world to identity theft and fraud, consumer advocates …

  • TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 1997

    Con Men Seeking Account Numbers

    Sheriff’s deputies are warning residents about two men seeking bank account numbers and information about net worth from Shoshone County residents over the telephone. The men claim to work for …

  • SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1995

    Travel Agents Warning Of Dubious Offer

    Spokane area travel agents are warning consumers that their savings could take a permanent vacation if they become involved in a Californiabased multilevel marketing operation. Travel agents began fielding calls …

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1995

    Girl Arrested For Telling People They Have Hiv

    The 13-year-old daughter of a hospital clerk was arrested for allegedly calling former emergency room patients and telling them they had tested positive for the AIDS virus as a prank. …



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