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Scam Artists hit local businesses

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KENNEWICK, Wash;-- Kennewick Police received two calls from businesses where a man called and pretend to be a loyal customer who had run out of gas and needed money before the police towed his vehicle.  One of the two businesses gave the male $40.00.

While fraud is sorry repayment for a kind heart, the only way to entirely safeguard yourself against falling victim to "stranger in distress" scams is to refuse to help those unknown to you who appear to be in dire straits.


How to avoid falling for these scams:

·        Beware of someone asking for small amounts of money with emotional ties or that pull on your heartstrings.

·        When a stranger seeks your assistance with a sad story, become comfortable with saying "No, I'm sorry but I just can't do that".

Never let strangers into your house or closed business to use the phone.  You can offer to place a call on their behalf.