Scams target local residents
The Aberdeen Police Department has received two complaints about frauds that are also occurring throughout the county, state and country.
The first complaint involved a letter alleging to be from the IRS requesting confidential information including copies of the victim’s tax return and social security number.
This incident appeared to be part of the Seattle Archdiocese fraud where past employees and volunteers of organizations within the Archdiocese are apparent victims of a tax refund scheme.
The second report involved a person calling and stating that they are from the Grays Harbor PUD. The suspect tells the victim that their current bill is overdue and they must make a payment now or risk having the service disconnected immediately.
The suspect told the victim that they could not pay with cash or a credit card as that would take 24 hours to process. The victim was told to purchase Greendot Moneypaks and provide the numbers on the card to the suspect.
The Aberdeen Police Department advises residents to never provide anyone with unsolicited requests for confidential information.
If you ever in doubt, call your local police department or check for current fraud and identity schemes at the Federal Trade Commission website at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts