Phone scams continue to hit Preston County

PRESTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The Preston County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of continuing phone scams in the area.

Officials say the two most prominent scams are from callers claiming to be from the IRS or Publisher’s Clearing House.

The calls reported from scammers claiming to be the IRS is a recording stating that the victim owes back taxes and that they need to call a number to avoid being arrested by local law enforcement.

The IRS says it will never contact an individual by phone, and local law enforcement will not intercede on behalf of the Federal Government.

Scammers claiming to be with Publisher’s Clearing House have reportedly said that the victim has won a prize and needs to send money for taxes or fees on the prize. They tell the victim that after they receive the money, they will meet them at their home or a designated location to deliver the prize. Officials warn that these scammers seem to know the area.

The Preston County Sheriff’s Office says that the winner of a prize is never responsible for taxes or fees before they receive their prize.

If you receive these calls, you are asked to please call the WV Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-368-8808.