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Old phone scam is using a new twist

A sophisticated phone scam is in effect throughout Kanawha County. (WCHS/WVAH)

Megan Patterson did not think anything out of the ordinary when a "304" number popped up on her phone Tuesday morning. That phone call, however, turned into a 30-minute conversation from someone saying he was a Kanawha County Deputy.

"I was due to pay a $1,000 fine. If I did not pay the thousand dollar fine, I would be put in jail,” Patterson, who got the phone call about 11 a.m. Tuesday, said.

At least that's what the man, who called himself Sergeant Devante, told Patterson. The fake deputy told Patterson she missed jury duty, and that's why she had to pay the fine or go to jail.

"He said if I hung up the phone, and terminated the phone call that I would have deputies sent out to my residence and a warrant out for my arrest,” Patterson added.

Patterson said the threat of arrest scared her. She said as soon as the man told Patterson she could only pay the fine with a money order, because the county systems were down, she knew something was up.

"We started looking it up, his number did not come up as a county sheriff's office at all, it just came up as a cell phone number,” Patterson said.

When you call the number, a man's voice tells the caller they have reached the county sheriff's office and to leave a number for the deputy to call back. Eyewitness News called the number, but did not receive a call back.

Patterson said it is scary that the scammer knew her home phone number and her address, and that they're going to these lengths to scam people out of money.

"You don't even know how it happened. Just be careful if you're online,” Patterson added.

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