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Scammer sends $4,000 check to Richland police

Associated Press - January 13, 2010 2:15 PM ET

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Richland police could use another $4,000, but they weren't tempted by the cashier's check the department received in the mail from Benin, a country in west Africa.

Officer Erica Tungesvik (TUNG'-gus-vik) says officers immediately recognized a scam attempt to learn bank account information, if the check were deposited.

The check was the only thing in a letter that arrived Friday addressed to someone who is not with the department. There was no return address. Tungesvik says the check was obviously fraudulent with mistakes like "authorized" misspelled "authorised."

An officer wrote up a report. Tungesvik says it serves as a scam reminder. She says, "If we can get one, you can get one."


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