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IRS phone scams continue to be a serious threat

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay immediately, it's a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business."

LPD need assistance in identifying suspect for stolen credit card use at Lewiston Macy's store

LPD need assistance in identifying suspect for stolen credit card use at Lewiston Macy's store

Detectives at the Lewiston Police Department are trying to identify a suspect wanted for questioning in the use of a stolen credit card at the Lewiston Macy's Store. The credit card was reportedly stolen in Twisp, WA.

Those who recognize the suspect should contact detective Nick Eylar at 208-746-0171 or the Tip Line at 208-298-3939.

Father and son charged for elk poaching in Asotin County

Father and son charged for elk poaching in Asotin County

A 39-year-old Anatone man and his 22-year-old son have been charged in connection with the alleged poaching of two trophy-class bull elk near Anatone in early November. After seeing a post on Big Country News Connection about the discovery of the elk, tips came in to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that claimed that Richard Kramer had allegedly gone into a Clarkston business and was "bragging about killing some bull elk," according to court documents. The tip reportedly "stated that his friend said that the man said he and his father shot a cow elk, small bull elk, a 320 class bull elk, and a 350 class bull elk."

Lewiston PD asks for assistance in identifying vandals

Lewiston PD asks for assistance in identifying vandals

The Lewiston Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the person or persons involved in multiple vandalisms that have occurred in the past three weeks in the 800 block of Main Street and the 800 block of D Street.

 

Multiple businesses in those areas have sustained major damage to large business front windows and in some circumstances more than once. The damage done so far is calculated to be in the 3 to 4 thousand dollar range. The department said there is no pattern as to specific days the damage is being done, however it does appear it is in the late evening hours to early morning hours. Entry has not been made into these businesses thus far, and at this point seems to be random acts of vandalism.

 

Phone scam imitating WSU Police

Phone scam imitating WSU Police

Washington State University wants everyone to be aware of an ongoing phone scam targeting people across the state.

There have been multiple reports of people receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be an official with the WSU Police Department. The caller demands money and threatens legal trouble if the funds are not sent. Most alarming is that caller ID shows the name and phone number from a legitimate police agency.

WSU Police want you to know that they will never call anyone demanding money. Even if the caller is able to provide sensitive information (last four digits of social security number, address, date of birth, etc.) do not provide information to them.

If you do receive a call like this, WSU Police want you to report it to them at (509) 335-8548.

Telephone scammers impersonating Idaho State Police

Telephone scammers impersonating Idaho State Police

Idaho State Police are issuing a warning after receiving multiple reports from various parts of the state of people receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be from ISP.

The number that appears on caller ID will show up as an accurate ISP phone number, but is being deliberately falsified by the caller to disguise their identity.

The scammer appears to be targeting mainly students and professors along with foreign nationals, and is telling the person they have an arrest warrant requiring they pay a fine or face arrest and/or deportation.

The Idaho State Police wants to remind the public they will never call anyone on the phone to inform them a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Additionally, ISP does not collect money or any financial information over the phone for any reason.

Man arrested for violating no-contact order 150 times

Man arrested for violating no-contact order 150 times

A 36-year-old Clarkston man who allegedly contacted a 28-year-old woman more than 150 times in violation of a No-Contact Order that was issued a week prior was arrested Tuesday night by Clarkston Police. Christopher Druley was charged with two counts of Felony Stalking and 152 counts of a Protection Order Violation. That order prohibited him from having any contact with her or being within 200 feet of her residence, according to a Probable Cause Affidavit.
The court document says that Druley allegedly sent 121 text messages and made 31 phone calls since being served with the order on September 15th. Several of the text messages were lewd in nature, the document says, adding that other messages eluded to the fact that she was under surveillance by Druley.
One message reportedly told the woman to "look outside" and made reference to something that she was talking about on her phone while she was standing outside of her home, while another text message allegedly made reference to knowing what her friend that was at her house looked like.