The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 8, 2014

Sheriff warns of scam

By Brandi Underwood
The Register-Herald

— The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents to be alert for an ongoing financial scam, according to an alert issued Saturday by Sheriff Steve Kessler.

Some residents of Fayette County have been contacted by an individual representing himself as an agent for Publishers Clearing House, the statement said.

The individual is informing unsuspecting people that they have won a $1.5 million prize. However, individuals are asked to purchase a $400 prepaid card and provide certain personal information to the “agent” in order to collect the prize.

Kessler said one phone number being used for the scam is 876-524-6656, but there is a possibility that other numbers may be connected to the scam as well.

Kessler advised citizens that all legitimate sweepstakes companies, including Publishers Clearing House, should never ask people to submit any type of payment in order to claim a prize, and individuals should immediately notify their local law enforcement agency if any such fraudulent solicitation should occur.

“If you are contacted by someone claiming to be ready to award you a financial ‘prize’ in exchange for a fee, do not send any money to this individual and do not give out any financial information such as bank account numbers and routing numbers or any credit or debit card information,” the statement read.

Anyone with information about the scam should contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 304-574-4304.