KENNEWICK, WA - According to Kennewick Police, a 38-year-old Kennewick woman gave close to $3,000 to a man claiming to be her nephew who had been detained at the border between Mexico and the U.S.The man called and asked the woman to wire him money so he could continue past the border. The women sent a money order of $1883.00 to a Western Union in Mexico.
After she sent the first money order she got another call from the man who said he attempted to bribe an official, was arrested and needed more money. The women sent another money order of $1008.
Kennewick Police say this is a common fraud technique being used across the country. The callers know just enough family information to make the scam sound believable.
Police want to remind you that once money is sent out of the country, there's not much law enforcement can do.