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Sheriff's Dept. warns of phone scam, offers 3 tips to avoid becoming a victim


PRINCETON (WVVA) - The Mercer County Sheriff's Department is warning residents of a phone scam after receiving a complaint from a woman who received a phone call about a missed court appearance.

Detective-Corporal S.A. Sommers with the sheriff's department said the woman received a call from a male subject who told her that she had an active citation for failing to show up in court. When the complainant explained  that she never received anything in the mail about a court appearance, the male became forceful in tone asking if she would like to take care of the citation over the phone.  

The complainant refused and the male subject told her she could speak with his "captain."  When the new male got on the phone she realized it was a scam and hung up shortly after.

Sommers offers the following tips to avoid becoming a scam victim:

  1. Do not give out any personal information such as full name, address, date of birth or banking/credit card information to anyone over the phone unless you know it is being requested by a legitimate source.
  2. To his knowledge, Sommers says no county office accepts or solicits for payments of any sort over the phone -- including law enforcement agencies.
  3. If you have doubts about a call, ask for a phone number, address, etc. from the caller so you can confirm the source.


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