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Deputies Warn of Phone Scheme Taking Advantage of Recent Trooper Shooting

By: Cathleen Moxley, Anna Baxter Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Anna Baxter Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department wants to alert you about a scheme that's taking advantage of the recent tragedy where three officers were shot in the line of duty.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say a person(s) is calling people asking for donations in the form of cash or credit card to support the families of fallen comrades.

Deputies believe these phone calls are being made to cash in on the recent tragedy in Clay County where three law enforcement officers were shot following a traffic stop. Two of the three have died.

“He wasn't really cooperative wanting to give us a telephone number to call him back,” Cynthia Harper, who reported the donation scheme, said about the caller.

The call showed up as private, and that's not the only reason she was skeptical. The caller also asked for her credit card number; which law enforcement says no legitimate donation agency would ever do.

Harper says the caller didn't easily take no for an answer.

“It started out at $100. It went down to $75, down to $50 and I think the last total was for $5, you can do this,” she said.

Harper and other victims reported it to the sheriff's office where the reaction was outrage.

“This is truly despicable behavior,” Capt. Sean Crosier said. “I can't imagine what type of person or persons would involve themselves in such a heinous act.”

“It just indicates that of nothing but cruel inhuman behavior to take something as tragic as this and turn it into a financial gain,” Harper said.

If you get one of these calls, deputies say to ask the caller who they represent as well as where and how the money will be spent.
Then, give them a call at (304) 357-0169.


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