Northwest NEWS

March 6, 2000

Front Page

Telemarketing fraud targets Bothell residents

   The Bothell Police Department has received information that its name has been used by fraudulent telemarketers in attempts to "donate" their money to charitable causes.

   The telephone scheme works like this: The caller, in an upbeat-sounding voice, says he or she represents the Bothell Police Department and is requesting a monetary donation. The purpose of the donation is to fund anti-drug education for children, as well as support families of fallen Bothell police officers. A minimum donation of $30 is requested.

   Tickets to Seahawks and Mariners games were mentioned as possible gifts for a donation. The caller does not identify himself of herself during the call, and does not provide a call-back number. The caller has reportedly offered to call the prospective donor back at a later time, rather than leave a phone number.

   The Bothell Police Department is not conducting telephone solicitations for monetary contributions, has not given anyone permission to solicit cash contributions, and has not given anyone permission to solicit cash contributions on its behalf or endorse any telemarketing campaign.

   Anyone receiving this type of phone call is asked to report it to police immediately at 425-486-1254.