WSP: Fake jewelry being sold on freeways

By on Thursday, October 12th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

KENNEWICK – The Washington State Patrol has received multiple reports over the past two weeks of people selling fake jewelry and watches on freeways and ramps in Eastern Washington. Troopers advise the public not to stop and interact with these individuals but call 911 to report the location and any description of the subject and their vehicle.

Beyond financial losses from possible fraud, Trooper Chris Thorson said this type of roadway activity is unsafe as the subjects are stopping where pedestrians are not allowed.

Since Oct. 4, WSP has contacted four subjects, three adults and one person who was 15 years old. Two of the incidents occurred on the ramp at Road 100 and Interstate 182 in Pasco and another at the off ramp from Interstate 82 to Benton City. All three adults presented a foreign driver’s license from Romania. In two of the incidents, the subjects were trying to sell air pods, jewelry, gold, and watches in exchange for gas money. The subject in the third contact did not admit to selling anything.

Prior to the contacts listed above, WSP received numerous 911 calls of disabled motorists flagging down traffic in Prosser, Benton City, Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick, but troopers were unable to find the subject.

WSP is investigating the incidents. Anyone who has been a victim of this scam who wishes to report it can call 509-249-6742.

Photo via Washington State Patrol