West Virginia Attorney General Warns of Summertime Scams

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As people gear up for summer, vacation comes naturally to mind.

Along with those vacation plans, can come the crooks and scammers cheating people out of their hard-earned vacation dollars, and cause them untold amounts of anguish and heartache.

West Virginia’s chief law enforcement officer said his office encounters victims of these scammers, and has some advice to follow before hitting the roads, rails, or airports for that vacation break.

“We just would suggest, you know, maybe you wait until you get home before you post those pictures.  Because a lot of the scammers, and the criminals, they’re watching your social media sites,” said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.  “And then, when they know that you’re away, they can come to your house and break in.  So that’s one thing that we see happen a lot, social media being used by the criminals, by the scammers.”

Morrisey adds his office also sees quite a few scams involving vacation rental properties.  

He said when renting, to do some homework.  Make sure the property is really for rent, and make sure the landlord has a solid reputation from other vacationers.

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