|W. Q. "Bill" Overton, Jr.
Message from the Sheriff
Sheriff Bill Overton spoke today about schools starting on Monday, August 14th, "Our schools will open on Monday and I am asking all residents to be vigilant and aware as school buses will, once again, be on our highways." Sheriff Overton stated, "Please be alert as the buses will be loading and unloading students, watch for increased vehicle traffic around our schools and be advised our deputies will be out in force monitoring the speed zones." The Office of the Sheriff wants everyone to arrive home safe to their families each day.
Sheriff Bill Overton advises credit card scammers have been discovered near our area. "We have received notification from the Roanoke County Police Department that these credit card scamming devices have been found in the Clearbrook area", Sheriff Overton advised. The Sheriff explained how residents of Franklin County to be vigilant when using automated credit card machinery. "If the reader looks tampered with, different color, odd wording and/or seems loose or not aligned, then do not use and notify the company's management or call The Office of the Sheriff at 540-483-3000", said Sheriff Overton. Please be aware and look before using. Photo shows an example of credit card scam devices.
Another SCAM is being attempted around our county. This one is stating they are from Appalachian Power Company/American Electric Power (AEP). The scammer claims you haven't paid your bill and they are coming to turn your power off. The caller directs you to make a payment by pre-paid credit card from a convenience store. They ask you for personal and other information. AEP states they will never ask customers for pre-paid cards for payment. DO NOT FALL FOR SCAMMERS!
A link to the AEP website warning against fraud and scams is https://www.appalachianpower.com/accound/bills/scams/
Even though it is July, the Office of the Sheriff wants to remind everyone that Operation Christmas Tree 2017 is just around the corner. This fund raiser was a big success last year and we expect it to be larger this year. Through the process of pre-sales, FCSO was able to help 12 Franklin County families greatly during Christmas of 2016. The comments from residents that purchased these 6'-8' Fraser Firs was so overwhelming, we are putting this information out to the public now. More details will be announced in a few months, but starting thinking about where you can put your gorgeous tree AND help needy families right here in our area.
The Office of the Sheriff is reminding all residents about a recent phone scam. Caller claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and states you owe back taxes and/or fines. They say if the resident doesn't pay, the local sheriff's office will be coming to their home to arrest them. Obviously, this type call distresses our residents. This scammer wants your credit card information. DO NOT talk to these scammers, just hang up and certainly DO NOT give them your personal or credit card information. Most of these calls originate outside the United States. The IRS states they would not contact you in this manner and local law enforcement would not be called to arrest in this type situation.