November 12, 2021

Sammamish Police Department wants the community to be aware of a scam that is currently active in our community. A resident recently lost a significant amount of money to a scammer using the real name of an SPD officer. Sometimes scams such as these will include spoofing a legitimate police agency phone number and using a real name in an attempt to gain the trust of the victim.

Please Remember

  • Sammamish Police Department does not call individuals and demand or request money from community members under any circumstances
  • Sammamish Police Department or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants – this includes claims of unpaid federal or state taxes
  • Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to A scam

  • Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason
  • Stay private. Regularly update privacy settings for social media sites. Scammers often make their stories more believable by trolling for personal information on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites.
  • Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger

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