Bellingham police warn public about rash of financial scams

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 5, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - Police issued a warning about financial scams Wednesday, March 5, after a recent spate of complaints about them, including two reports on Tuesday.

Three scams seem to be the most common, according to police:

- A relative is jailed, sick or seriously injured and you need to wire money to help them.

- You've won a lottery or contest, but you need to send a fee or tax payment to collect the winnings.

- You respond to a job post only to learn it's been filled. However, a "personal assistant" position is open. As part of that, you are sent a check to cash and told to wire some of the money to others, keeping some for yourself.

Any Bellingham resident who believes they are a target of a scam can report it to police at 360-778-8804. A website, consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts, can help identify if you are being scammed.

Reach James Kozanitis at 360-715-2249 or james.kozanitis@bellinghamherald.com.

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