On 02/02/16, Richland officers received complaints of a scam designed to defraud citizens by threatening to have them arrested. Officers learned the scammers are calling citizens and telling them they represent a Texas-based law firm who has been contracted with “The local law enforcement agency” to collect outstanding debts. The scammers pressure the citizen by telling them to make a payment to another vendor or they will be arrested within a couple of hours. The scam is reported to seem more credible because some of the citizen’s information is known by the scammer.
The Richland Police, Kennewick Police, or the Benton County Sheriff’s Office do not contract with any law firms or third party agencies to collect warrant fines in lieu of arrest.
Sgt. Darryl Judge