Beware of Phone Scammers and a Game of Football

Scammers Using Local Numbers

According to the New Martinsville Police Department, scammers are using local cell phone numbers to contact residents.

According to the NMPD, “When the call is answered, a recording starts and offers a free vacation to the Bahamas or a beach. It then asks a series of questions.”

“Do not respond. Hang up immediately,” the NMPD urges.

According to the NMPD, the number appears as a local caller, as the phone number is listed with a 304 area code and a 771 exchange.

“An officer received a call like this, and when contact was made via callback with the actual cellphone owner, the owner had no idea their number was being used and was advised to contact their service provider immediately,” NMPD indicated in its statement.

NMPD said scammers are targeting local residents’ personal cellphone numbers, and are using the number to mask their calls.

Playing Across the Pond

A local youth soccer player has been selected to represent the GPS FC Bayern U15 National Team in Northern Ireland. Wheeling resident and Fury Soccer Club player, Coleman Meredith, will be playing in the prestigious Super NI Cup in Northern Ireland in July. Coleman’s journey to his tournament team selection began with an invitation to the GPS FC Bayern Team Camp in Rock Hill, S.C. this past February.

While in Ireland, Coleman will attend coaching clinics with International GPS Coaching staff, play in scrimmage games against teams from around the world ultimately leading to placement games to be seated in the tournament, and enjoy the sites and sounds of Ireland along the way.

Coleman, the son of Rick and Stephanie Meredith, is finishing his eighth-grade year in Ohio County Schools.

Bringing the Heat for a Good Cause

Williams Lea Tag held its first-ever Chili Cook-Off inside the Stone Center and on Market Plaza on Friday.

Twenty employees competed for cash prizes and bragging rights in a friendly competition to determine Williams Lea Tag’s “champion of chili.” All entries were judged in a blind taste test by a panel of celebrity judges, including Rosemary Humway-Warmuth, co-founder of the Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-off; Brian Warmuth, co-founder and chief judge of the Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-off; Jessica Rine, assistant executive director of United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley; and Robert Herron, Wheeling city manager.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

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