Financial scam warning issued by W.Va. police

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia State Police officials are warning residents about a financial scam in which scammers claim to be calling on behalf of state police in order to steal money.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Sgt. Michael Baylous says officials have received several complaints from the public concerning the scam.

The calls involve an attempt to have the victim wire money to a destination usually outside of the U.S. to post bond for persons arrested or assisting individuals in financial need.

The suspects use telephones and emails to contact the victims and claim to be members of the state police.

Officials say that the West Virginia State Police will not contact individuals and request that money be wired or sent in any other manner.

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