Two Kennewick residents lost a collective $6,300 after someone claiming to be their relatives called them and requested money to help them with legal troubles and a car crash.
A man claiming to be a grandson of an 86-year-old man called on Sept. 26 and said he needed money after being in a car crash, a Kennewick police release said. The resident wired the man $2,500.
That man and another man claiming to be the grandson’s lawyer called later that day seeking more money to avoid the grandson from being booked into jail. The resident wired an additional $2,500.
The resident called his daughter on Oct. 28 to check on his grandson. He was told that the grandson was at home and there’d been no accident. There is no way to track the money that was sent, police say.
A 17-year-old girl said she received calls from a man claiming to be her uncle on Sept. 26, saying he needed money after an accident and to fix his car. She sent him $1,300 total only to learn later her uncle had never called her.
Money should never be sent unless the identity of the recipient is verified, police said.
“Just make sure you know who you are really talking to,” the release said. “These suspects will undoubtedly know just enough information about your family to sound believable.”