NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

January 15, 2010

Scammer sends $4,000 check to police in Washington


RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Not even the police are immune from those offers of free money from African countries that are really scams.

Richland police could use another $4,000, but the department wasn't tempted by the cashier's check it received Friday in the mail from the country of Benin.

Officer Erica Tungesvik (TUNG'-gus-vik) says officers immediately recognized it as a bogus attempt to learn bank account information if the check were deposited.

An officer wrote up a report on the incident and Tungesvik says it serves as a reminder that if the police can be the target of such a scam, anyone can.