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West Virginia State Police warn against scams

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia State Police in Buckhannon has received multiple calls from individuals throughout Upshur County regarding a scam and the loss of money that results from it.

The bail scam is happening once more. The caller advises that you have warrants and need to pay a bond by purchasing gift cards. The callers urge the victim not to contact anyone, family, law enforcement, etc.

Once the money is obtained on gift cards, the victim is asked to give the numbers to the caller. Once this occurs, the money is usually gone and cannot in most cases be regained. Law enforcement will not contact a person regarding the payment of bond in any case. The WVSP will not take payment for bond, only the court/bonding agency will do so.

Citizens are urged to contact their local law enforcement if they receive one of these and to not send money to anyone over the phone.

This scam has been successfully used multiple times with thousands of dollars lost by elderly individuals and others.

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