Bellingham police warn public about rash of financial scams


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,, can help identify if you are being scammed.

Reach James Kozanitis at 360-715-2249 or

Bellingham Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service