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December 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Mill Creek couple accused of children’s donation scam

A Mill Creek couple are accused of taking money intended as donations for children’s charitable organizations. The state Attorney General filed a restraining order and a complaint today in King County Superior Court, accusing Michael and Amy Gannon of violating the state Consumer Protection Act. The complaint alleges that the Gannons used numerous deceptive practices to entice…


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September 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Jury-duty call from Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office? A scam

If you get a phone call from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office that you’ve missed jury duty, heads-up: It’s a scam. The Sheriff’s Office issued a warning that several county residents had received a call from a someone who says they’re a “major” with the Sheriff’s Office. This “major” tells people that they’ve failed to appear…


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May 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Con man posing as Seattle cop scams 5 women out of more than $75K

Seattle police say a con artist posing as a cop has scammed at least five elderly women out of more than $75,000. According to police, the man phoned the victims at their homes and identified himself as “Capt. Jack Truska,” or “Sgt. Drumbowski,” or some other name. He claimed to be investigating banks for passing counterfeit money to customers….


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October 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Craigslist users, Green River college targeted in check scam

Auburn Police are investigating a case of check fraud that involved Green River Community College and nearly 40 people around the country who were selling items on Craigslist. The scammers used Green River’s international wire account number, which is provided to international students to transfer tuition payments by wire, according to Katie Rose, assistant director of…


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January 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Seattle police warn of traffic ticket email scam

Seattle police are warning of an email regarding phony traffic tickets that has been send to hundreds of city employees. Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that the email may have been sent to other email accounts. According to Whitcomb, the email looks something like this: Subject: SEATTLE TRAFFIC TICKET Seattle — Department of Motor Vehicles TRAFFIC TICKET SEATTLE…


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