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January 14, 2008
MEDIA ADVISORY: Officials warn of fake check scams

State, federal, local prosecutors announce "Too Good to be True" awareness campaign at Jan. 17 press conference in Spokane
SPOKANE -- Attorney General McKenna, U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt and Spokane criminal justice officials will discuss counterfeit check scams now impacting our state and the Spokane area during a press conference Jan. 17 in Spokane.

WHO: Rob McKenna, Attorney General
Jim McDevitt, U.S. Attorney, Eastern WA District
Stefanie W. Collins, Deputy Prosecutor, Spokane County
Scam participants (defendants in pending cases)

Also present: Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Spokane County Undersheriffs

WHEN: Thursday, January 17th, 2008
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Washington State Attorney General's Office - Library
1116 W. Riverside, Spokane
VISUALS: Fake checks, locally produced public service announcements

DETAILS: This campaign is a partnership of the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office in conjunction with the Washington State Attorney General's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Better Business Bureau
Most Americans don't realize they are financially liable when they fall for fake check scams. The "Too Good to be True" Fake Check Campaign being launched county-wide carries a strong message:

  • Attempt to Cash a Fake Check ONCE: You are a Potential Victim
  • Attempt to Cash It TWICE: You are a Criminal

Media Contacts: Stefanie W. Collins, Spokane County  Prosecutor’s Office, (509) 477-2859
Kristin Alexander, Media Relations Manager, Attorney General’s Office, (206) 464-6432

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