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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IRS Imposters Ramp up Robocalls

DUPONT – It’s one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams and it’s making its way across the Pacific Northwest again. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received several reportsof IRS impersonators.

The Internal Revenue Service issued the initial alert in February 2014, as did the Federal Trade Commission. Callers pretend to be from the IRS in hopes of stealing money or identities. Here are some examples of how the scammers attempt to swindle taxpayers. [Read more...]

LPD Arrest Suspect For Stolen Firearms, 2006 Rape

By Lt. Chris Lawler

Investigators in the Lakewood Police Department’s Special Operations Unit began an investigation into a subject named Michael Reid for trafficking in narcotics and possession of firearms. At the beginning of the investigation, it was discovered that Reid was in possession of a large number of firearms and was a convicted felon.

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Scammers take aim this Memorial Day

DUPONT — As Washingtonians take time to honor service men and women this Memorial Day, Better Business Bureau warns of scammers who have their sights set on ripping off military personnel and their families.S

“It doesn’t get much lower than this,” says Tyler Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska Oregon and Western Washington. “Too many times we hear stories of people coming back from deployment only to be sucked into elaborate and costly scams.”

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Beware Of Identity Theft With Online Transactions

The progress in science and technology has resulted in the more frequent use of telephones, computers and satellite guided gadgets. Though technology has been brought down from its complex and highly elevated position to our fingertips where everything is operational with a touch or a click, there are its downsides too. One of the major disadvantages is the risks involved in it. The increase in identity theft is a global concern and more and more organizations as well as individuals are falling prey to such devious operations. Basically the concept of Identity theft involves the assimilation of personal data of an individual and using it as one’s own. This use of the discreet details of a person is done without the consent of the owner and that is why it is termed as a theft. Some of the very personal information and data include those of banking details, credit card details and social security details and more importantly insurance claims in which all these details are needed.

By Don Doman

The progress in science and technology has resulted in the more frequent use of telephones, computers and satellite guided gadgets. Though technology has been brought down from its complex and highly elevated position to our fingertips where everything is operational with a touch or a click, there are its downsides too. One of the major disadvantages is the risks involved in it. The increase in identity theft is a global concern and more and more organizations as well as individuals are falling prey to such devious operations. Basically the concept of Identity theft involves the assimilation of personal data of an individual and using it as one’s own. This use of the discreet details of a person is done without the consent of the owner and that is why it is termed as a theft. Some of the very personal information and data include those of banking details, credit card details and social security details and more importantly insurance claims in which all these details are needed.

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Sketch of fatal hit and run suspect released, investigation updated

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LAKEWOOD – After re-interviewing the witnesses, giving them a day to get over the shock of what happened, the description of the suspect vehicle has expanded from the initial description of a minivan.  The witnesses still believe the color of the vehicle may be tan or light colored, but think it might have been a SUV type vehicle or larger sedan.  The vehicle may have running boards and was being driven by a younger white male.  It is still believed that there were other passengers in the vehicle.

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