Yakima police warn of new phone scam

Yakima police are warning of a fraud scheme in which the criminals pose as FBI agents and police officers.

The department says it's had two cases reported in which an intended victim gets a phone call from someone identifying themselves as an FBI agent, saying they have won a large sweepstakes prize. The phony agent says the victim needs to send money to get it. The victim also may get a call from a person claiming to be a police officer who asks that even more money be sent. Investigators say that some of the criminals have used an actual Yakima officer's name.

Once the money is sent, the scam artists disappear. Yakima police say real police and FBI officers never tell people to send money to anyone, nor are they involved in any type of sweepstakes award.