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Possible Wire Transfer Scam

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WASHINGTON--An unidentified Kennewick business owner was taken for $30,000. And she admits it could've been prevented.

Here's how it happened. She gave her Western Union account number to someone over the phone asking for it. The owner thought everything was fine until she received a call from her bank saying that transactions totaling $30,000 were taken out of her account.

Kennewick police want businesses to know a money transfer account is just as private as a social security number. Do not give it out.

"Providing that information to anybody other than the essential people is not a good thing to do,"says Kennewick Police Crime Prevention Specialist Mike Blatman. It leaves you very vulnerable."

If your business receives a call asking for personal and private information, do your homework first. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if it's a scam.

Once sensitive information is released over the phone, police say its hard to track those involved down.