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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Avista says customers have been targeted by utility scams

Avista Corp. customers throughout its Washington service area are being targeted by scammers, according to the Spokane-based utility.

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Loans forgiven for thousands of former ITT Tech students, including some in Spokane Valley

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

Help coming on blocking scam calls for robocall-plagued U.S.

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

Homeless ‘good Samaritan’ gets probation in GoFundMe scam

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 …

Feds break up $1.2B Medicare orthopedic brace scam

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.

Scam ads promoting fake tax breaks prosper on Facebook

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

Aggressive phone scams are asking for money for Spokane firefighters

Spokane firefighters are warning people of phone-call scams asking for donations to firefighters.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Firefighters: Phone scam is targeting Spokane-area residents

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.

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.

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 …

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.”

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.

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 …

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.

BBB Tip of Week: Ensure vacation rental scam doesn’t spoil summer fun

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UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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.

Idaho couple to be sentenced in organic alfalfa scam

A southern Idaho couple is facing prison time in an organic alfalfa scam.

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 …

Scam callers posing as fire department

The Spokane Fire Department has received several reports of scam callers seeking donations for fire victims.