Scammer sends $4,000 check to police

January 13, 2010 12:11:42 PM PST
Not even the police are immune from those offers of free money from African countries that are really scams.Richland police could use another $4,000, but the department wasn't tempted by the cashier's check it received Friday in the mail from the country of Benin.

Officer Erica Tungesvik says officers immediately recognized it as a bogus attempt to learn bank account information if the check were deposited.

An officer wrote up a report on the incident and Tungesvik says it serves as a reminder that if the police can be the target of such a scam, anyone can.