PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va (WOWK) – Deputies in Putnam County are warning the public, after a person called an elderly woman portraying themselves as a member of the department to obtain money.
According to a press release from the department, a person called the elderly woman’s home, using the Putnam County Sheriff Department’s office number and claimed to be a deputy.
He explained that he had a warrant for her arrest and to go purchase a Green Dot gift card in the amount of $1,400 to avoid arrest.
Thankfully, she did not validate the request.
Law enforcement will never accept or request money in lieu of a lawful arrest.
Please contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department if you have any information on this case.