Scammer takes Kingman resident for $8,000

KINGMAN - A Kingman woman was duped into giving $8,000 to the nonexistent Bureau of Protection in Washington, D.C., and the Kingman Police Department wants to warn residents of this latest scam.

According to Kingman Police spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki, someone claiming to be from the so-called protection bureau called the elderly woman and told her she had won $1 million, and that she would need to send a cashier's check or money gram - apparently $8,000 worth - to cover the administrative cost to process her sudden and unexpected windfall.

"This is just one of many types of confidence scams that are occurring daily," said Sochocki. "It is unlikely that she is the only local resident to have been contacted by these or other scammers."

Sochocki said it's a long shot that the people who conned the woman will ever be apprehended.

"Education and being informed are the best defenses against these types of scams," she said.

For more information on other fraudulent activities citizens might encounter, go online to www.kingmanpolice.com and click on the External Resources link at the bottom of the homepage.