Wood County Sheriff warns of Civil Process Unit phone scam

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens is warning of a new phone scam from someone posing as the Wood County Civil Process Unit, telling victims they need to post bond over the phone, using Green Dot money cards to pay off the bond.

Sheriff Stephens says one victim received a phone call from the number 344-446-2090, between 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. on Monday, July 17, from a person identifying themselves as a member of the Wood County Civil Process Unit.

The scammer told the woman she needed to post bond in the amount of $1903, by going to Kroger's and purchasing Green Dot Money Cards. The subject then directed her to a particular aisle in the store.

The victim became concerned and contacted her son. They then conference called the scammer. The son then took his mother to Kroger's on 7th Street in Parkersburg, where she apparently purchased 4 Green Dot Money Pak cards, valued at $500 each. The victim then did as she was instructed and went through the specified aisle and followed the steps that were given.

Upon completion of the transaction, the victim said she was directed to come to the Wood County Sheriff's Office. The victim told deputies the scammer identified himself as Lt. Harris and gave her a badge number.

Investigators called the scammer's number, and upon ringing several times, a voice prompt picked up and identified it as the Wood County Civil Process Unit. The message said all deputies were unavailable and to leave a call back number.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says it , and any other law enforcement or regulatory agency, will request anyone to post a bond, pay a bill, fine, or any other financial transaction over the phone in this manner.

Please make sure that your friends and families are made aware of this type of scam.

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