WOODINVILLE — The city of Woodinville urges businesses operating in the Woodinville community and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from suspicious people posing as representatives of the city of Woodinville or the Woodinville Economic Development Council.
The City is aware of at least one local business-owner who received an imposter call from a person who identified him or herself as working for the city of Woodinville. The caller asked a series of questions about the business and immediately hung up when no information was provided.
The city of Woodinville does not have an Economic Development Department or Economic Development Council and will never cold-call residents or businesses to demand answers to invasive questions. When the City does reach out directly to community members, it is typically done using a phone with a local 425 area code.
Phone scam tactics are changing all the time, but it is important for everyone to be protective of personal information and remain suspicious of unknown callers who may claim to work for the government while using aggressive or pushy language. To report an imposter call or other types of scam, use the Complaint Assistant Tool on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission website.