The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 1, 2013

Raleigh Commission warns of mail scam

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — The Raleigh County Commission is warning residents of an ongoing mail scam requesting money from someone pretending to be from the county clerk’s office.

County attorney Bill Roop said the scam is coming from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and they are requesting $83 for a copy of the resident’s deed for their home.

The letter has some personal information, as well as information about the home. Roop said whoever is behind the scam has accessed the information through the assessor’s website.

After receiving a flood of phone calls from residents asking if the letter is legitimate, Roop called the Attorney General, who said this is happening statewide, not just in Raleigh County.

“Do not send an $83 check, or it’s the last time you’ll see it,” Commission President Dave Tolliver said.

Roop said you can get a copy of your home deed at the clerk’s office for just a few dollars.

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In other business:

- A public hearing will be held Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Raleigh County Commission office about the preliminary road closing of the western end of Wesleyan Lane in Crab Orchard.

- A grant drawdown was approved for the Assessor’s Office for a card scanner for $1,489.

- A final report for records management and preservation grant was noted at $11,545.

- There were no budget revisions.

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The next commission meeting will be Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com