KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Phone scammers impersonate police. A new scam to warn you about. Police say someone made phone calls over the weekend pretending to be a police officer and asking people to pay hundreds of dollars.
The callers were pretending to be the Kennewick Police. Police say the fraudsters were demanding money for outstanding warrants. Several people have received calls in the area.
Investigators say they're calling people and telling them they owe money on a loan that's past-due and say the person would be arrested if they didn't pay right away.
Mike Blatman of Kennewick Police says "any time anybody gets a phone call from somebody and they're asking them to send them money through a money order or through a Western Union, or wire something like that. They really need to be suspicious."
The callers were asking for the money to be sent electronically. The people who received the calls this weekend were suspicious and reported the fraud calls to police. The area codes came from New York but the phone number could not be traced further.