Sheriff warns of scams

Pocahontas County Sheriff Jeff Barlow advises residents that his office has received several complaints regarding ongoing scams in the county.

This is a list of the scams that the sheriff’s department is aware of at this time:

1. Jail Scam – An individual calls and states that they know one of your family members and they need money to post bond or pay fines because of an arrest.

2. Publisher Clearinghouse – Scammers call advising that you have won a large sum of money and/or a vehicle. They ask for money or a credit card number to cover the processing fee.

3. IRS Scam – Someone calls saying they represent the IRS and advise you that a warrant is going to be issued for your arrest if you don’t provide them your personal information, a credit card number or money.

4. The Driveway Scam – This scam occurs every year. Someone calls or stops by offering to work on your driveway, either putting down stone or asphalt. Always get a business card from anyone who works for you and ask for references. Make phone calls to confirm that you are dealing with a legitimate company.

5. Power Company Scam – You receive a call advising that your power is going to be shut off if you don’t provide a credit card number or send in a payment. Call the power company yourself to check on any outstanding bills.

If you receive a call that fits the description of these scams – hang up – do not send cash or check through the mail, do not give out credit card numbers nor any of your personal information, such as social security number or bank account numbers. Be aware of similar Internet scams.

If you feel that you are a victim of fraud, notify your local law enforcement agency:

Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department, 304-799-4445.

West Virginia State Police Marlinton Detachment, 304-799-4101.

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