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Time Sensitive – Business Scam Where Callers Pretend to be AEP

Fraud AlertPress Release
February 24, 2015

Sheriff Brown is providing the following information in reference to a ‘scam ‘ being perpetuated against businesses in our area.

The business owner receives a call from 866-978-8143 from a person alleging that they were calling from AEP and asking for payments of large amounts, $1,000.00 to $1,400.00, for ‘balance owed’ or, they would ‘cut off’ the power to the business. The first person to speak did not have an accent, but passed off the customer to a woman with an accent…Far East accent or similar and asking that the amount owed be ‘wired’ to ‘powerreloadit’

If you receive this type of call DO NOT PAY! But, call AEP to register the call and ask if, in fact, your business does have a ‘balanced owed.’

While we only have businesses reporting this ‘scam’ households should also be alert to this newest, in this area, ‘scam.’ Probably because of the severe cold weather and snow we are experiencing.

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CAPTURED UPDATE – February 2015

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Christopher Arrington CAPTURED

Christopher Thomas Arrington

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Search Warrant Results in Methamphetamine Arrest

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February 13, 2014



Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at 5575 Jordantown Rd. in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of two Bedford County residents on drug related charges.

Bedford County Investigators initiated an investigation into illegal activities at 5575 Jordontown Road in Vinton, VA. During this investigation, Investigators found evidence that the narcotics, specifically Methamphetamine, were being manufactured at the home.

On February 12, 2014, Sheriff’s Office Investigators, members of the Drug Enforcement Section of the State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Virginia State Police Tactical Team executed a search warrant at this residence. An explosion occurred at the residence when the officers made entry. Officers located Joshua Kelley and Crystal Hiner inside and took them into custody. The explosion injured no one and all occupants were safely evacuated from the home.

Joshua Kelly was arrested for the distribution and manufacture of Methamphetamine. Crystal Hiner was arrested for possession of Schedule II narcotic. Both were transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority in Bedford. Upon assessment, an active Methamphetamine lab was located in the garage of the residence and the State Police Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory team was able to dismantle it.

Joshua Kelley Crystal Hiner

Joshua Caleb Kelley, 38 years of age, of 5575 Jordontown Rd., Vinton VA. was arrested on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine and one count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. He is currently being held without a bond.

Crystal Nebula Hiner, 36 years of age, of 5575 Jordontown Rd., Vinton VA. was arrested on one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotic. She is being held on a secured bond.

Other occupants were located during the execution of the search warrant and additional charges are being reviewed.

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Help Us Catch Them! Bedford County’s Most Wanted

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Christopher Arrington CAPTURED Jason Wayne Gowen
Christopher Thomas Arrington
Jason Wayne Gowen
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Jerry Wayne Underwood Timothy Lee Fizer
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If you know the location of any of these individuals, please submit your tip through Central Virginia Crime Stoppers (1-888-798-5900 or TEXT CVCS 574637). Callers to CVCS can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward. Alternatively you can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or submit a tip through our online tip submission form located here.

Woman Charged with Felonious Malicious Wounding and the Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony

Gretchen S. Bennett

Gretchen S. Bennett

Bedford County 911 dispatchers received call at 8:50 p.m. Friday evening from a 131 Big Bear Run Vinton, Va., which is located in Bedford Co. The caller stated that he and his ex-wife, Gretchen Bennett, age 53,  had an argument over the phone earlier in the day. He said she showed up at his home with a gun and shot him in his lower leg. He was able to get the gun away from her and advised he was holding her down until the deputies arrived on the scene. The victim was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Gretchen S. Bennett, Wews Hill Road, Roanoke, Va., was arrested at the scene and charged with Felonious Malicious Wounding and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. She was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and was held without bond.

 

 

National White Collar Crime Center Newsletter Highlights Elderly Scams and Identity Theft

“The Briefing”, a newsletter from the National White Collar Crime Center, highlights elderly scams and identity theft and has other information on relevant topics to today such as data breaches and legislation requiring businesses to notify consumers within 30 days of a data breach.

Take the time to read this and educate yourself so you can stay safe from scams and identity theft.

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Deadline to apply for Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarships May 1

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The Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship program was established to provide an opportunity for young people across Virginia to pursue an educational curriculum in law enforcement or criminal justice. The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute’s Board of Directors has established the application process for students to review scholarships to assist in their education endeavors. The scholarships are available to students in jurisdictions where sheriffs participate in the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute fund raising efforts. The scholarship is limited to students attending Virginia colleges and universities.

The application deadline for the 2015/2016 school year is May 1, 2015. Applications may be downloaded from https://vasheriffsinstitute.org/scholarship/ .

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Brag Post: Citizen Letter to Sheriff Mike Brown

Dep Daniel Clark and Young Citizen

Good Afternoon Sheriff Brown,

I went to Liberty High School last night (Monday) with my son who is 7 and my in-laws.  We went to watch my oldest son and his team (Heritage High School) play varsity basketball against Liberty at 7:30pm.

Your deputy that was on duty there last night for the game was the nicest, deputy I have ever encountered at a school.   He had a smiling face from the time he opened the door for my little boy to enter the building until we left the gym.   He has left a lasting impression with us.

My 7 year old is not your ordinary 7 year old.  He is a people person.  Everyone is his friend.  Which scares me at times.  Because not everyone has good intentions

Your deputy spoke to him and they talked at times during the 2 hours we were there. They even high fived a couple of times.  I failed to look at his name badge.  Hopefully you will know who it is from the pictures.

You should be proud to have him on your team!

Amy Snead

 

SCAM ALERT: Euro Millions Lottery Letters Are A Scam

Fraud Alert

Citizens are receiving letters from  the “Euro Millions Lotteries Board Commission” asking you to call a number and claim your winnings.

THIS IS A SCAM.

Here is an actual letter: Sample Euro Millions Lotteries Board Letter

 

FRAUD ALERT: Don’t Let This Utility Scam Leave You Out In The Cold

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BBB Alert: Don’t Let this Utility Scam Leave You Out in the Cold

Roanoke, VA (January 20, 2015) – Winter has arrived and as the temperature continue to drop, heating costs continue to rise. Utility bills aren’t the only thing on the rise- the nasty weather is also attracting a nasty scam.

Businesses in Western Virginia are reporting receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be their electric utility company threatening to turn off their power unless an immediate payment is made. The caller claims to represent Appalachian Power and requests payment through a pre-paid debit card.

Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power, has issued the following alert on their website:

Thieves are calling our customers, threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made. Appalachian Power never asks for pre-paid debit cards for payment. Please use our authorized payment methods, and call us at (800) 956-4237 if you have questions or concerns.

The caller may sound official, and may threaten to immediately cut off the power if payment is not received. One business owner reported to BBB that the call came from a 1-877-303-0600 number and claimed to be American Electric Power. We called on 1/17/15 and a recording claimed to be American Electric Power. When we called the number just three days later on 1/20/15, we heard a recording stating we had reached the “NV Energy Disconnection Dept.” NV Energy is a legitimate utility company based out of Nevada. It appears the scammers are using the same set of phone numbers, and are
re-recording their messages using the name of a utility company that serves the zip code they are currently targeting.

“If anyone calls you and demands immediate payment accompanied by threats, hang up the phone,” says Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western VA. “A legitimate company will not operate in this manner. If you have an account with the company the caller is claiming to represent, use a verified number to call the company to check the status of your account. Never use the number supplied by the caller.”

BBB advises the following:

  • Confirm that you are speaking to a utility representative.  If you have any concerns, tell the caller that you will independently check the phone number for the utility to verify the caller’s identity and information. The toll free number for Virginia AEP consumers is 1-800-956-4237.
  • Be wary of anyone demanding immediate payment or payment in forms that are difficult to trace, such as Western Union, MoneyGram or GreenDot MoneyPak cash cards.
  • Never give your credit card, debit card, Social Security, ATM, checking or savings account numbers to anyone who comes to your home, calls or sends an email requesting information.
  • Never allow anyone claiming to be a utility service person into your home unless you have scheduled an appointment and the person has proper identification. Contact police if you become concerned about your safety.
  • If you believe you may be the victim of a scam, you may contact your utility company, or you may call the BBB at (800) 533-5501.

BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and 11,000 charities, dispute resolution services, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information.

 

If you need more information, contact the BBB at (540) 342-3455 or (800) 533-5501. You can also visit www.bbb.org. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BBBWesternVA and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BBBWesternVA.

Download a PDF of this Fraud Alert from the BBB