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Scammers Steal More than $6000 from People in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police want to warn you about scammers that have recently stolen more than $6000 from innocent people. 

Police say 86-year-old Ed Olivera received a call from a man claiming to be his grandson, saying he had been in an accident and needed money. The caller asked Olivera for five $500 money packs, which Olivera got for him. 

Police say the scammer then called again and told Olivera he was in jail and needed five more $500 money packs to keep from getting booked. Officers say a second scammer also posed as the fake-grandson's lawyer and convinced Olivera to send money. 

When Olivera called his daughter the next day to ask about his grandson, police say he learned that his grandson was home, and that he hadn't been in an accident. Olivera lost $5,000.00 in the scam. There is no way to track the money packs once they are given away. 

During the same week, police say a man called a 17-year-old girl and claimed to be her uncle, asking for $500 because he had been in an accident. Once the girl sent the money through a wire order, officers say the man called back and asked her to send another $800 so he could fix his car. 

Police say the girl later learned the caller was not her uncle, and that she had lost $1300 in the scam. 

Police say you should never send money that will become untraceable without confirming the validity of the request. A scammer can be difficult to identify on the phone, so make sure you know who you're talking to. Officers say these scammers will undoubtedly know just enough information about your family to sound believable.