Contact Us

Scammers Posting as Pasco Chamber to Target Businesses

Pasco Chamber investigating scam
(Townsquare media image)

The Pasco Chamber has nothing to do with a recent scam making the rounds in Tri-Cities.

According to chamber officials, at least three business owners contacted them saying they had received an email, allegedly from the chamber, inviting them to participate in an awards program.

Colin Hastings, Executive Director for the Chamber, received one himself. The email directs the recipient to click on a link contained in the transmission. It takes them to another site called the Pasco Award Program.

The email recipient is then encouraged to purchase an awards package ranging between $79 and $199. Hastings called the phone number listed with the program and was directed to voice mail and told to leave his name, phone number, and “award” number. Hastings says he doesn’t think he will hear back from the company, as he told them who he was, representing the real Pasco Chamber.

Hastings sent emails to each of the 400 members of the chamber letting them know this is obviously a scam. However, at least one business admitted they had sent in the money for the Awards Program.

One of the tell-tale signs of a scam is a lack of specific personal identification and the email or correspondence asks the recipient to send money.

Best of Newstalk 870

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Newsmembers quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Newsmembers contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.