Police warn of Kennewick scams

Tri-City HeraldFebruary 19, 2014 

— Police are warning citizens about two potential scams reported in Kennewick in the last week.

On Feb. 15, two men showed up at a Kennewick home that had an ADT sign in the front yard claiming to be from the security company, police said. The men told a resident they needed to upgrade the security system because phone lines in the area had been cut during burglaries.

Kennewick police said no burglaries have been reported in the area.

The men were not driving an ADT vehicle and had no company logo on any of their clothes, police said. The resident told the men they could not come in the house.

The men left, telling the resident they would be back later, police said.

ADT told the resident they had no employees working in the area.

Another scam involved an ad on Craigslist for a job with a fake construction company called Steel Contractors of America.

Two men -- one from Benton City and the other from Burbank -- contacted Ricky Silvers from the company, police said. Silvers hired the men over the phone and told them they needed to sign up for safety training.

The suspect reportedly told the men they would be working on a new project in Tri-Cities.

The suspect asked the men to pay for the training to ensure they show up, police said. He promised to pay them back once the training was complete.

The suspect had the men get a prepaid card for $181.95 and give him the loaded card's information over the phone, police said. He then gave the men a Kennewick address for the training.

When the men showed up at the address Tuesday, a secretary in the building told them there was no training scheduled, police said. Officials of other businesses in the building said they had never heard of the construction company.

One of the victims told the suspect he was at the front desk of the building and the man hung up, police said. The victims tried to call back but no one answered.

The Craigslist ad was deleted, police said. The number the suspect used came from Anaheim, Calif.

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