Stories tagged: scam
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019
Avista Corp. customers throughout its Washington service area are being targeted by scammers, according to the Spokane-based utility.
UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
Spokane firefighters are warning people of phone-call scams asking for donations to firefighters.
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A southern Idaho couple is facing prison time in an organic alfalfa scam.
Sat., Jan. 2, 2016
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
The Spokane Fire Department has received several reports of scam callers seeking donations for fire victims.