FRPD warns of a new scam that is a bit different from most

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The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) reports that a new scam has hit the area and this one is a little different from most.

Individuals are being told by phone that they have overpaid their Town of Front Royal Utility bill and are entitled to a refund.

Then the caller will ask for your debit or credit card information to receive your refund.

This will never happen legitimately.

Should you receive such a call never give out any personal information over the phone.

Should this happen just hang up on the person or ask them to credit your next bill and see how that works.

If you are so inclined feel free to call the Town of Front Royal to check on the legitimacy of the claim.

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland tells us it is extremely difficult for law enforcement to trace offending scammers as often they are calling from outside the country.

More importantly it is near impossible to retrieve money that has been stolen in this manner.

Should you become a victim of such scams contact your local law enforcement to at least report it and see if anything can be done.

More importantly you should change all cards, passwords and information that was lost in the scam.

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BCSD investigate 2 separate robberies in Martinsburg

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The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) reports the investigation of 2 separate robberies in Martinsburg.

The break ins were at 2 separate businesses and not believed to be related.

The first was reported on June 12 at approximately 1:10 a.m.

The commercial burglar alarm sounded at the Penn Liquors store.

Two males wearing all black with one holding a handgun were able to remove items and flee the store on bicycles heading north.

At approximately 4:20 a.m. that same morning the Redeye Smoke Shop was robbed with the perpetrators using a large rock to break through the glass front door.

Three individuals wearing masks and hoodies carrying trash bags filled the bags with vapes and took money.

The three fled in a white Nissan Maxima and a Toyota Tundra that was seen on video leaving the store.

Neither vehicle showed any registration with the Nissan being recorded as stolen by West Virginia State Police license plate reader. 

Anyone with information on either event is asked to contact the BCSD at 304-267-7000.

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VSP look to protect elderly citizens on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Virginia State Police (VSP) are offering advice to protect elderly Virginians against scams.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

VSP remind citizens that no legitimate company will ever ask for payment in the form of gift cards or for cash to be mailed or wired.

You are reminded to independently verify before you reply.

When receiving a call or email thank them for contacting you take the name and number then independently communicate with the company, they say they represent to verify the legitimacy of the information.

Another tip is to secure a buddy system in which you find someone trusted to contact about a call, request, or deal.

This follows the recent loss of a Virginian’s life savings in a recent scam.

A link for additional safety tips from VSP is found here.

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