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Berkeley Co. officials warn of scam

September 18, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County officials are warning residents to be aware of phone calls from someone soliciting personal information and telling them they need to update their will or estate arrangements.

Berkeley County Administrator Deborah Hammond said Thursday that her 83-year-old father received two phone calls this week from a woman who told him that if he didn't update his will, the county would "get all of your property."

Her father told the caller that he was not interested and ended the call, Hammond said.

"It's unbelievable," Hammond said. "It has to be a scam."

Berkeley County Fidiciary Supervisor Maria L. Childers said residents should not entertain such a solicitation for information.

"Although we do not know the identify of the caller, citizens are reminded no reputable professional would use this manner of contact and intimidation," Childers said in an e-mail. "We want to alert all citizens to be aware of such phone calls and not to provide any information whatsoever. Just hang up."

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Hammond said her father was "pretty quick on the trigger" after he received the calls Monday and Wednesday from the same woman.

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