Local police departments warn of new phone scam

Phone Scam
Credit: Richland Police

Police departments across Eastern Washington are warning about a new scam.

Authorities ask that you be wary of text messages that say a package or parcel is owed to you.

Richland Police shared an example with a message that read “We came across a parcel from July owed to you. Please claim ownership and schedule for delivery here,” with a link. Clicking the link can allow scammers to take your personal information.


Many people are reporting these scam messages come from phone numbers with a 714 area code.

If you receive a message like this, do not respond and report it to the Federal Trade Commission. More information on phone scams can be found here.