Bellevue police yesterday issued a warning about a growing scam called "phishing," in which criminals send fake e-mails claiming to be from...

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Bellevue police yesterday issued a warning about a growing scam called “phishing,” in which criminals send fake e-mails claiming to be from banks that need an individual’s private information.

The criminals are actually on the lookout for Social Security numbers, birth dates and account numbers, so they can steal identities, said Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu.

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The e-mails include links to fake Web sites that appear to be professional and legitimate, Chiu said.

Of the people who receive the fake e-mails nationally, about 5 percent give out their information or respond in some way, Chiu said.

If people do give out such information, they should immediately report the leak to their bank, the three national credit bureaus and police.

Fall City

Section of trail destroyed by rain

A 120-foot section of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail was destroyed after heavy rains this week, King County officials said yesterday.

The section, just north of Fall City, probably washed out Tuesday night when a beaver dam broke loose in the rain and released logs and water down a stream.

The section of trail is at the midpoint of the 36-mile Snoqualmie Valley Trail and is popular with equestrians, county officials said. The section will probably be closed for several months.

Bothell

Chancellor at UW to return to teaching

Dr. Warren W. Buck, chancellor of University of Washington, Bothell, announced this week that he will resign in June to return to teaching.

Buck will be a professor in the department of arts and sciences.

In his six-year-term as chancellor, Buck has overseen the creation of four new degree programs at the satellite campus.

UW President Mark Emmert will appoint an advisory committee of local representatives within a month to assist with a national search for Buck’s replacement.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau