Scammer Runs Up $457,000 Bill On WVa Board's Dime

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- State boards and agencies are being urged to use caution when posting information online after one board got stuck with a scammer's $475,000 telephone bill.

Matt Turner, Gov. Joe Manchin's spokesman, says the scam that targeted the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy is a warning to everyone.

Turner says someone in Taiwan obtained access codes for a telephone conference call that the board posted on the Secretary of State's web site as part of a public meeting notice.

The scammer used the codes to make subsequent conference calls.

Frankie Cayton, the board's administrator, declined to comment on the incident, citing an ongoing investigation.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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