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Pasco and Richland Police Warn Residents About a Number of Scams

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PASCO, Wash. -  According to local authorities scams are hitting the Tri-Cities area extra hard.

Pasco police report that there have been 20 victims in the past month that have claimed to have been scammed by someone using money orders and traveler checks.

Pasco police said in a number of recent scams the victims are selling items over the internet or in local newspapers, they are contacted by the thieves who say they want to buy the item and pay with a money order.  The suspect then makes the money order for a larger amount than what the victim was originally requesting and asks the victim to give them the difference in cash.

Police said the money orders are being made by computer software and are completely fake.

Police are also seeing a surge in Internet scams recently.  Richland Police sent out information that stated that two residents have been victims of Internet fraud.

One woman told police that she was contacted over the Internet to cash money orders.  She was apparently told that she would get a portion of the amount.  She was instructed to cash the money order and told to send 60 percent of it to someone overseas.

The money order was worth $3,200.  Police report that she lost $1,920.

Police warn that if something sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Pasco Police Captain Jim Raymond said people need to be warned about becoming a victim.  He said a red flag should go up if someone is asking for money back.