Kennewick Police are warning residents of a phone scam. Don't fall for it.

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Kennewick Police say the latest is a scammer will contact you with an alarming situation involving someone in your family, or a close friend needing your help.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be a family member:

Private message that family member to confirm that the call isn't them. Once you confirm that the call isn't them, hang up.

If you get a caller asking or demanding payment, hang up. It's a scam.

Often these scammers will use some type of your personal information to get you to send them payment to guarantee your loved ones' safety. Don't fall for it. Hang up and call your local Police Department. Report the call.

Never give your credit card information to anyone over the phone.

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Police remind you that communicating with your family and friends is important.

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The bottom line is to be aware that scammers are out there and will do anything to get you to send some type of payment to them. Never agree to send ANY type of payment. No one gets paid with gift cards for the safety of a loved one.

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Scammers are crafty and will use your personal information to get you to comply. Don't fall for it.

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