With the holidays here, we're battling porch pirates, shoplifters, and the ongoing increasing number of holiday scams.

The latest involves people trying to use the Richland Police Foundation to solicit money from unsuspecting folks.

A number of them have contacted the Richland Police Department and reported receiving a call from this number: (509)-254-5064.  It's a scam, it's fraud.

Police say it's likely a spoofed number that's been taken from somebody or somewhere else.  Spoofing is the practice of 'capturing' a number, then calling people and that 'spoofed' or copied number shows up on the caller ID.

Police say the Foundation doesn't call people, and if they do, they widely publicize what number and why they are doing it. If you are interested in helping the foundation, click here.  But they are NOT calling you, so don't fall for this scam.