Tables turned on wouldbe scammer

first_imgAnyone remember Johnny Cash singing, “I’ve been everywhere, man”?I’ve been to: Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma …This story is about scams targeting Clark County residents — not music — but after 26 years, we at The Columbian could offer our own modest version of that great old song written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959:I’ve covered sweepstakes, bad checks, secret shoppers, death threats,Phishing, smishing, “Grandpa I been in a wreck,”IRS, FBI, PUD, U.S. grants,Nigerian, Canadian, Craigslist work-at-home tricks …One case came to light last week when Sgt. Troy Price, a Vancouver police detective, called The Columbian. He’s worked with the FBI on this area’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and now does recruiting and background checks on folks who want to get hired as officers.Price also worked with former VPD detective Ed Hewitt, whose passion about fighting scammers was contagious. The high-profile Hewitt loved to warn the community through public speaking and giving news interviews.‘89 and very sharp’Late last month, a Vancouver man named Gyle Halverson dropped by police headquarters near Officers Row to give them some mail that scammers sent him.“They didn’t realize they were coming up against a guy who was 89 and very sharp,” Price said. “He recognized the scam right away. He said he didn’t want anyone to be fooled by it.”last_img

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