Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 24, 2014

Sheriff’s Department warning residents of telephone scam

PRINCETON — The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department is warning area residents about a new telephone scam that is hitting the region.

Chief Deputy D.B. Bailey said the sheriff’s department received a report of a woman calling a Mercer County resident and telling her she won a large prize. “They’re telling folks they have won $2.5 million in the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes and a 2014 Mercedes-Benz.”

The caller then told the resident that in order to claim the prize she needed to go to CVS and obtain a $500 gift card, Bailey said.

“After the gift card is purchased they say they will come to the house and pick it up,” Bailey said. “Once that is done, the caller says they will receive a check.”

Bailey said he has only received one report at this time, but he believes the scammer has probably called other local residents. “Most people know it’s a scam and hang up.”

However, Bailey said he wants to get the word out about the scam, fearing that “if they call enough people, someone will fall for it.”

Bailey said caller identification showed the call was from a “513” area code.

The Mercer County resident who reported the scam did not fall for it, but did report it to authorities, Bailey said

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