Scam Impersonates Police
RICHLAND, Wash. - An imposter pretending he's from Richland Police is out to get your money. The man calls you claiming he's running a fundraiser, but the money doesn't go to police.
What's difficult about this scam is that it's tough to tell the difference between a phony and the real thing.
The Richland Police Department is not running a fund raiser, but the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police is.
In this situation the scam artist calls you and asks for a credit card donation and what bank you go to and how much money you have.
If you get a call and are suspicious, Police advise you to look up the place he's claiming to be from in the phone book and call and confirm the fundraiser for yourself.
You don't want to give a phony any bank information.
"A lot of the times these folks are just trying to get your financial information so they themselves can access your accounts," said Sgt. Dan Phillips, Richland Police Department.
In case you can't find the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police in the phonebook, here's their phone number. You can call toll free at 1-800-644-7207.