SCAM ALERT: Spokane Police warn of new scam that targets the rec - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

SCAM ALERT: Spokane Police warn of new scam that targets the recently widowed

Posted: Updated:
Spokane Police say scammers are targeting the recently widowed Spokane Police say scammers are targeting the recently widowed
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police say scammers have brought their game down to a new low: they're targeted people who have recently lost someone they love. Police say the scammers claim to be from a life insurance company and require money to ensure the next of kin receive proper compensation.

On Friday, September 26, police say Crime Check took the first report of this possible scam. The victim's husband had died the week before, and the caller claimed to be from an insurance agency where the dead man had a policy. The caller told the widow that the policy payments hadn't been kept up to date, but if she caught up with the payments, they'd be able to ensure she receive her life insurance payout. The scammers instructed the victim to get pre-paid cards loaded with cash.

Fortunately, the victim realized the call was a scam and reported it to police. If you or someone you know has received a call similar to this one, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Family tries euthanizing cat after he walked 12 miles to return home

    Family tries euthanizing cat after he walked 12 miles to return home

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:23:12 GMT
    @a.cat.named.toby@a.cat.named.toby
    @a.cat.named.toby@a.cat.named.toby

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina family gave their cat away and then tried to euthanize him after he walked 12 miles back to his home. According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County, North Carolina, Toby the cat made the long trek back to his family after they tried to give him away. When he returned, they took him to a shelter to put him down. The shelter called the SPCA to ask if they would help 

    >>

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina family gave their cat away and then tried to euthanize him after he walked 12 miles back to his home. According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County, North Carolina, Toby the cat made the long trek back to his family after they tried to give him away. When he returned, they took him to a shelter to put him down. The shelter called the SPCA to ask if they would help 

    >>
  • Toddler shoots pregnant mom outside Indiana thrift store

    Toddler shoots pregnant mom outside Indiana thrift store

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 4:40 PM EDT2018-04-18 20:40:25 GMT

    MERRILVILLE, Indiana - An Indiana woman is in critical but stable condition after her 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her with a gun her father left in the car. Police in Merrillville say two small children were waiting in the car with their mother while their father shopped inside a thrift store when the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon.

    >>

    MERRILVILLE, Indiana - An Indiana woman is in critical but stable condition after her 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her with a gun her father left in the car. Police in Merrillville say two small children were waiting in the car with their mother while their father shopped inside a thrift store when the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon.

    >>
  • Michigan mother leaves 2 infant girls in suitcase on curb

    Michigan mother leaves 2 infant girls in suitcase on curb

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:16 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:16:15 GMT

    FLINT, Mich. - Police say a 26-year-old Michigan woman left her two infant daughters inside a suitcase on the side of the road as child welfare workers arrived to take the children away. Police say officers assisting Child Protective Services workers Wednesday were unable to find the children inside the Flint home, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.

    >>

    FLINT, Mich. - Police say a 26-year-old Michigan woman left her two infant daughters inside a suitcase on the side of the road as child welfare workers arrived to take the children away. Police say officers assisting Child Protective Services workers Wednesday were unable to find the children inside the Flint home, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Sam Strahan's mother set to speak at Art 4 Reform, an event showcasing paintings of school shooting victims

    Sam Strahan's mother set to speak at Art 4 Reform, an event showcasing paintings of school shooting victims

    Thursday, April 19 2018 2:05 PM EDT2018-04-19 18:05:13 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two Spokane mothers are launching a non-profit to inspire common sense gun laws and legislative reform for safer schools.  Carolina Johnson and her friend, Janelle Carney have started Art4Reform and hope powerful displays of art will move people to get involved with their local government and advocate for safer communities.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two Spokane mothers are launching a non-profit to inspire common sense gun laws and legislative reform for safer schools.  Carolina Johnson and her friend, Janelle Carney have started Art4Reform and hope powerful displays of art will move people to get involved with their local government and advocate for safer communities.

    >>
  • Prince's doctor fined for illegal prescription

    Prince's doctor fined for illegal prescription

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-04-19 17:21:42 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince a week before the musician died has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil claim. The settlement comes as state prosecutors are planning to announce whether anyone will be charged in the two-year investigation into Prince's death. Prince died on April 21, 2016, from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. No one has been criminally charged.

    >>

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince a week before the musician died has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil claim. The settlement comes as state prosecutors are planning to announce whether anyone will be charged in the two-year investigation into Prince's death. Prince died on April 21, 2016, from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. No one has been criminally charged.

    >>
  • Michigan mother leaves 2 infant girls in suitcase on curb

    Michigan mother leaves 2 infant girls in suitcase on curb

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:16 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:16:15 GMT

    FLINT, Mich. - Police say a 26-year-old Michigan woman left her two infant daughters inside a suitcase on the side of the road as child welfare workers arrived to take the children away. Police say officers assisting Child Protective Services workers Wednesday were unable to find the children inside the Flint home, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.

    >>

    FLINT, Mich. - Police say a 26-year-old Michigan woman left her two infant daughters inside a suitcase on the side of the road as child welfare workers arrived to take the children away. Police say officers assisting Child Protective Services workers Wednesday were unable to find the children inside the Flint home, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.

    >>