RICHLAND, Wash. -- Richland police are warning residents about a nationwide scam that's already claimed one local victim.
Police say the scammers claim to represent a federal program that will help pay for their utility bills in exchange for their personal financial information. But no federal programs exist that offer that service.
Police say the scam includes phone calls, door to door visits, and online requests.
Police say scammers are finding more creative ways to steal money from people, "They're always coming up with something new. This is involving President Obama, right now it's an election season, it's your utility bill. This is a completely new approach,"explains Captain Mike Cobb of the Richland Police Department.
Cobb says the local victim was an elderly Richland person who shared their information over the phone.
Police say while the elderly often fall for these scams, anyone can be a victim. Authorities say if you think you've been scammed, call them at 509-628-0333.