Spokane police warn of two new scams
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Police Department has been informed of two new scams going around and is reminding people to not be a victim of these fraudulent schemes.
The first scam is done through a phone call, where an automated voice message threatens the recipient with a lawsuit against their name and claims an arrest warrant has been issued. The scam will request you call them back immediately to discuss the file.
Government agencies do not leave computer generated, generic threatening messages. The number, (310) 616-5097, is not an official IRS number.
If you have any doubt over the authenticity of an IRS phone call, you can reach them at (844) 545-5640.
Email Death Threat Scam:
So far, there has been at least one victim of an email death threat scam in Spokane. The scammer’s goal is to prey on victim’s fear by threatening to kill them unless a large ransom is paid. They claim the threats will end once a $10,000 payment is made.
Below is the actual email language from the incident in Spokane.
Someone ask me to kill you. For your information I am not sending this message with my email address and internet service provider just in case you want to proof smart and stubborn.. any ways I like someone like that! Because I will be so happy to put a bullet on your skull.. My boys have been watching your steps for few days. I am giving you a chance to live simply because my oracle show me that you dont have a hand in what you were accused of You are to pay me $10,000 and I shall terminate the operation, after that I will give you the info of the person that wants you dead. This is my last operation so I don’t have anything to lose if I reveal the sender. I have gotten all I wanted to start a new life reply or choose to ignore and get killed. This is not by force! You can call the authority and have them do patrol in your area 24/7 that didn’t stop me from hunting you and your love ones down. We are invisible!! Reply to this email address BOTH: Brandon.firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com ”
An SPD detective googled one of the above email addresses and found an article from a Virginia news station on the scam.
If you receive either of these scams, you’re asked to report them to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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