West Virginia State Police Warn Scammers Using Their Name

By: Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Katelyn Sykes Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There's a warning from an organization whose goal is to protect and serve. They say there's an email and telephone scam going around that's giving them a bad name.

"Criminals are smart. They're constantly coming up with new ways to scam the public," said Sgt. Michael Baylous, spokesperson for the West Virginia State Police.

This time, some are claiming to be members of the West Virginia State Police, and they're asking for you to wire them money.

"I just think it shows that they do their homework and someone would take the time and research and figure out the spokesman for the West Virginia State Police, find out the name and attach it to an email and send it out and make it appear to be legitimate," Baylous said.

Baylous said a woman from Parkersburg contacted him, asking if he sent her an email. She claimed the email appeared to be from state police, asking her to wire them $3,000 to post bond for her fiance who was allegedly being detained by immigrations and customs.

Sgt. Baylous said it's a scam.

"The West Virginia State Police is not, for any reason, going to request that you send or wire money to them," he said.

So far, three cases have come across Baylous' desk and he believes there could be more victims out there. If you get one of these letters or are contacted by telephone, troopers say do not send any money.

If you have any information, you are asked to call your local police department.

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