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KPD: September 29, 2014 Fraud

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 Summary of Incident: Kennewick, Wa.

On September 28th victim, Ed Olivera, reported that he had received a call from a male who said he was his grandson on 9/26/14. The male told him that he had been in an accident and needed money to take of the incident. The male asked for five $500.00 money packs. Ed obtained the money packs and gave the male the numbers needed to cash them. The male called back and said he is at the jail and needs money to keep from getting booked. Another male who said he was the grandson's lawyer talked ED as well. Ed obtained five more $500.00 money packs and gave the male the numbers needed to cash them. The next day Ed called his daughter on 9/28/14 to find out how the grandson was and was informed that the grandson was at home and had not been in an accident. Ed lost $5,000.00 in the scam. There is no way to track the money packs once they are given away.

Also on September 28th, victim a 17 year of age female reported that a male claiming to be her uncle called on 9/26/14 and asked for 500.00 because he had been in an accident. Jessica sent the money via a wire order through Order Express. The male called back and asked for $800.00 more to fix his car and she sent that. She was told later that the uncle had not called. She lost $1300.00 in the scam.

No one should send money that becomes untraceable without confirming the validity of the request. A phone call can be difficult to distinguish the identity of the caller. Unfortunately, these types of case are not the first. When a family member calls and claims to be in trouble and needs money our first reaction is to try to help. Just make sure you know

who you are really talking to. These suspects will undoubtedly know just enough information about your family to sound

believable.

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If someone has information that they would like to provide while remaining confidential, they may call the

Crime Stoppers line at 586-TIPS (8477), 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit www.tricitiescimestoppers.org
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