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September 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM
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 for jury service and that a warrant has been or will be issued for their arrest. When people reply that they hadn’t received a jury-service notice, the scammer tells them they must still pay a sum of money to have the warrant lifted.
One resident was duped into paying the impersonator $2,000.
The department’s advisory included the following information:
• The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has no role in jury administration. Court services and jury administration are under the sole purview of the county clerk.
• All communications regarding jury duty are sent to county residents in writing.
• Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the county clerk’s office (or any department of county government) will initiate telephone communication with residents about jury duty, nor threaten anyone about missing jury duty. Warrants of arrest are not issued for failure to appear for jury duty.
• Questions about jury service should be addressed to the Office of the Kitsap County Clerk, jury administration, at: 360-337-7166, #6.
May 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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. After questioning the victims about their jewelry and money, and whether they’ve had any cash or checks stolen recently, the con man asks his victims if they can assist police in a “sting operation,” according to the SPD Blotter.
He then convinces the victims that their bank is involved in the counterfeiting operation, and asks them to withdraw tens of thousands of dollars so he can check the serial numbers of the cash.
Several of the victims told police the con man spent a great deal of time talking to them on the phone and called them from a busy-sounding office in an apparent effort to make himself sound like a real detective working the case.
The victims would then meet a man posing as a plainclothes officer near their bank and hand over the cash, which they believed was evidence in a counterfeiting case.
The con man was able to convince five women to withdrew money from their bank accounts. A sixth woman got suspicious and never went to meet with the fake cop, police said.
Police offer the following tips to avoid being taken in by the scam:
- Police don’t randomly call people at home and ask them to participate in sting operations.
- Police also won’t place calls from a blocked number.
- Anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be a police officer can always verify that the caller is indeed a police officer. Phone numbers for members of the Seattle Police Department’s can be found in the department directory.
Anyone who believes they know a victim of the scam should call Seattle police at 206-625-5011.
October 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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 public information for the college. Using the account number and Green River’s name, the scammers produced fraudulent checks and sent them to people around the country who were running ads on Craigslist, overpaying for the item being sold by $100. The people who received the checks were instructed to cash the check, keep the amount for the product plus $100 for their trouble, and then wire the balance to the sender, Rose said in an email.
Rose said nobody was able to cash the checks because the account number is not a checking-account number.
“We received about 30 calls on Thursday, about six on Friday and two so far today from around the country,” Rose wrote. “Some of the callers believed Green River was purchasing their item and that the college sent them a ‘bad check.’”
Rose said Green River does not use Craigslist to purchase anything. “We are not happy a scammer took our account information and used it to scam innocent people,” she said.
January 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM
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 POLICE DEPARTMENT THE PERSON CHARGED AS FOLLOWS Time: 0:11 AM Date of Offense: 20/12/2011
SPEED OVER 50 ZONE TO PLEAD CLICK HERE AND FILL OUT THE FORM
Whitcomb said that Seattle does not have its own Department of Motor Vehicles nor does the Seattle Police Department send email notifications regarding traffic violations.
The City of Seattle is working with Microsoft to determine the origin of the email. Preliminary investigation indicates that the senders are overseas.
October 24, 2011 at 6:33 AM
Weather: Whoa, there was a period when the rain was pounding overnight. Did you hear it? The showers are easing off today and there may be sun. Yes. No rain tomorrow, at least that’s what the chart says. Just partly sunny or partly cloudy (Glass half empty, half full…). Sure was nice for a spell Sunday, no? More weather.
Traffic: A number of accidents on the freeways this morning, including two on I-5 at Mercer Street southbound that made a real mess of things. And the rain isn’t helping. Slick roads make for more crashes. Beware. More traffic.
Speaking of traffic, did you know the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed? … Let the clogging begin. Or not.
Gas prices: The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.83. That’s down a nickel in the past month but 38 cents higher than the national average, according to the AP.
There is not points to locate on the mapHow scary is it that a man armed with a cutting tool made his way to the third floor of a secure storage facility in Interbay and stabbed an employee there Saturday? A suspect was shot and killed by police Sunday in Belltown.
It’s not clear how they met. I suspect he visited Seattle in April, 1908 with the touring New York Philharmonic. Did he fall in love with her then, returning when she turned 16 and a judge would approve their wedding? Or did he fall in love with Seattle, return to work the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, and simply respond to the “room to let” ad in the Seattle Times?
And if you didn’t know: Today is Monday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2011. There are 68 days left in the year. Newspapers have been printing this stuff for years. Does anyone read it?
Stories you might want to read before you walk out the door:
- So sad: Bremerton woman scammed by “grandson”… (Kitsap Sun)
- Prosecutor: No charging decision in Reynolds case until Thursday (Longview Daily News)
- Mastodon discovery in Sequim made history twice (Port Angeles Daily News)
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
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