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Sheriff warns of phone scam

Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark is warning area residents of an individual posing as a power company official who is scamming  local businesses out of money.

According to Clark, on Tuesday the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an individual posing as a power company official who had called multiple businesses in the county and threatened to disconnect their power if they did not pay an “overdue” bill.

The individual, who identified himself as “Steve Martinez from the Dominion Call Center,” managed to scam hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting store personnel, Clark said. 

This individual’s activities are not actually connected to Dominion Virginia Power or any other valid business, the sheriff said.

The scam artist made his calls from 434-481-2993 and spoke with a foreign accent. He directed payments be sent to him electronically in order to expedite the process and prevent the imminent shut-off of the customer’s electricity.

Halifax County citizens are reminded to be alert for scams and other criminal activity, Clark said, and to report crimes and other relevant information to local law enforcement by calling 434-476-3334.