AG and BBB partner to help stop school supply scam

The Washington State Office of Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau have joined together to help consumers avoid a school book scam making the rounds to schools in Washington and across the country.

School employees have reported receiving official-looking invoices from a fake company called Scholastic School Supply for some books, often math workbooks, they did not order and have not received.

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Lakewood Police Arrest Bank Robber

On September 8, 2014, at approximately 4:17 p.m., Lakewood Police Officers were dispatched to a robbery at the Chase Bank located at 10011 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest. The suspect was last seen running away eastbound from the bank.

Lakewood patrol officers responded to the bank to investigate. Officers received information that the suspect may have fled in an older (1967) Cadillac that was orange in color with a white top. Officers spotted the vehicle at the 5600 block of Boston Avenue Southwest and took the driver and only occupant into custody. He was identified as 30-year-old Daniel Mills. He was positively identified as the robbery suspect from Chase Bank. [Read more...]

Police searching for ‘Quick-Change Bandit’

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks within an hour on Monday, August 18, and changed his clothes between the two robberies. This quick clothing change led to his nickname. Investigators believe he may have also robbed a bank on Saturday, August 16. [Read more...]

Teacher pleads guilty to sex with student


TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Allen, 33, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree, and violation of a no contact order. Allen, a University Place biology teacher, had sex multiple times with his 17-year-old student. After he was arrested and charged, Allen continued to communicate with the victim, ignoring the court’s no-contact order. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 2, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in room 260 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.

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NY Times: Russian Hackers Amass More Than 1 Billion Internet Passwords

DUPONT – The New York Times reported this morning that a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

While details are still limited, including which companies have fallen victim or how the hackers conducted the breach, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges consumers to protect their online accounts. The Times reports the hackers appear to be using stolen information to send spam on social networking sites like Twitter, and could be selling personal data on the black market.

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Utility customers targeted by scammers

Scam calls to Tacoma Public Utilities customers have increased in the past couple of weeks, and the utility wants to help ensure no one loses money.

Scammers have mainly targeted commercial customers, demanding they make an immediate payment with a prepaid card or risk having their service disconnected. Customers are often directed to purchase a Green Dot or Money Pak card.

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