Fraud Alert: Latest scams hitting Snohomish County residents

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., April, 24, 2023—Snohomish County residents are being asked to report the latest scams to law enforcement of anyone requesting money for fake jewelry on the side of the road or demanding money for jury service over the phone.

Snohomish County Superior Court Jury Duty Scam Alert

The Snohomish County Superior Court and Snohomish County Superior Court Clerk’s Office is receiving reports of jury duty scam activity. The Superior Court will never reach out to jurors demanding money related to jury service.

“We want to warn the public about this scam and let people know that no one involved in the jury process would ever call to ask for money in connection with jury service,” said Snohomish County Superior Court Administrator Andrew Somers. “We know that people take their jury duty responsibilities very seriously and we want to continue to encourage everyone to respond to legitimate jury summonses. Our justice system depends on our ability to gather juries from our community.”

If you receive a suspicious call or e-mail that requests money, please contact your local police department. For questions related to jury service, please contact Superior Court’s Jury Administration at 425-388-3397.

Gold Selling Scams On Freeways

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has received several reports and interviewed three separate victims involving individuals selling fake jewelry on the freeways and ramps in the King and Snohomish counties.

Snohomish County scams. SOURCE: Washington State Patrol.

The reports are the same as ones received historically in parts of the state and around the country. Well-dressed individuals in higher end rental vehicles flag drivers down on the side of the freeway or ramps saying they need money for gas to get back home saying that they will pay them back more and/or giving the victim gold jewelry in exchange for the cash. This is typically and aggressive conversation and a demand for cash to help them.

Case #1: This occurred on March 2, 2023 around 4pm EB SR 520 to SB I-405. This victim drove to their bank after being stopped by the suspect and handed over $10,000.00 in exchange for the gold jewelry shown below. The victim in this case described the suspect as a male of Middle Eastern descent.

Case #2: This occurred on March 7, 2023 around 10:40am WB SR 18 to SR 516. Two males in a brown KIA Cerato flagged over the victim and ultimately scammed $4,000.00 from him. The victim advised one looked to be in his 60s and the other 45 years old and both appearing to be of Arabic descent.

Case #3: This occurred March 9, 2023 around 2pm SB I-405 to SB I-5. The suspect was described as a heavy set male with a black beard and mustache in a suit driving a gray BMW SUB with no front plate. The suspect advised he needed to get back to Miami. The victim was scammed out of $1,000.

Washington State Patrol detectives are seeking anyone that may have information on these cases or any others not described above. Detectives would also like to speak with any other victims of this scam that have yet to contact police.

Besides being a scam and illegal these situations are also very unsafe as these suspects are stopping on freeways and ramps where pedestrians are not allowed and at times stepping out into traffic in order to get drivers to pull over. If you find yourself in this type of situation DO NOT STOP!

Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and give location and any description of suspects and vehicles. Please contact Detective Ford at

3 thoughts on “Fraud Alert: Latest scams hitting Snohomish County residents

  • April 25, 2023 at 6:15 AM

    I am so tired of people acting like victims of their own circumstances. Leave us hard working decent kind people who trust god to provide our needs.
    All of u scammers, con artists, liars, judgmental, and blame others for your own issues,

    Get a hold of yourselves, learn self control, take responsibility, and find the first bible teaching church, where u can get Jesus in your heart. He changes the meanest, nastiest, people.
    Stop taking advantage of the system,the people who do try and help.

  • April 24, 2023 at 1:05 PM

    Odd. I guess some people will promote violence then say they’re not. Just like a dem.

    • April 25, 2023 at 9:37 AM

      A scam that I was involved in is someone posing as if they’re a celebrity & you invest & he/she will “invest” 4 times the amount you’ve invested…


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