Scam Alert – Impersonating Sammamish Police Department

Release Date: November 12, 2021

Sammamish Police Department wants the community to be aware of a scam that is currently active in our community. A resident recently lost a significant amount of money to a scammer using the real name of an SPD officer. Sometimes scams such as these will include spoofing a legitimate police agency phone number and using a real name in an attempt to gain the trust of the victim.

Please Remember

  • Sammamish Police Department does not call individuals and demand or request money from community members under any circumstances
  • Sammamish Police Department or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants – this includes claims of unpaid federal or state taxes
  • Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to A scam

  • Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason
  • Stay private. Regularly update privacy settings for social media sites. Scammers often make their stories more believable by trolling for personal information on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites.
  • Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger

For more information on scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Scam Alert website at

If you fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Sammamish Police Department at (206) 296-3311.