Stories tagged: scam
UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 6:12 p.m.
Debt relief is coming for thousands of former students of ITT Technical Institute, a private for-profit college that abruptly closed all of its branches in 2016, including ones in Spokane …
UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 10:45 a.m.
New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.
UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 10:34 a.m.
The homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000 was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation in a …
Tue., April 9, 2019, 12:31 p.m.
Federal authorities said Tuesday they’ve broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers.
Tue., April 2, 2019, 3:22 p.m.
Scam ads featuring state governor photos and fake solar energy tax breaks prospered on Facebook for more than a year.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 8:06 p.m.
Spokane firefighters are warning people of phone-call scams asking for donations to firefighters.
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 2:18 p.m.
Spokane Firefighters Union alerted residents Saturday that a new phone scam asking for donations to support a “firefighter support fund” appears to be targeting Spokane.
Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 9:18 a.m.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A southern Idaho couple is facing prison time in an organic alfalfa scam.
Sat., Jan. 2, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
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.
The Spokane Fire Department has received several reports of scam callers seeking donations for fire victims.
Sun., July 26, 2015
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 …