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Pierce County man loses $5,400 to scam artists
PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - A 25-year-old Spanaway man is out $5,400 and his mother nearly coughed up another $3,000 as part of a well-oiled and somewhat complicated scam, the Pierce County sheriff's department said. Before we get to the nuts and bolts, a piece of advice: If somebody on the other end of the phone has bad news and is demanding gift cards to make it go away, it's extremely likely you're talking to a scammer.