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Scammers in Mercer County claim to be with the Salvation Army

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Scammers go door to door in Bramwell and Bluefield claiming to be collecting money for the Salvation Army Scammers go door to door in Bramwell and Bluefield claiming to be collecting money for the Salvation Army
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BLUEFIELD, WV -

A pair of communities in Mercer County have been the targets of scammers who are taking advantage of the giving season.

There are reports of several individuals who have been going door to door in the Bluefield and Bramwell areas.  The suspects come to the door and claim to be with the Salvation Army.  They then ask residents for donations.

Capt. Jerry Lester with the Bluefield Salvation Army said that is not how their organization conducts business.  In fact, according to Capt. Lester, the Salvation Army will never come knocking on your door.

"We have our red kettle that we do at Christmas time, that we ring our bells, and also we have Mail Appeal," said Lester.  "That's how we get our funding.  We do not go door to door."

The people who are making the requests for money are reportedly driving in a black sedan.  Capt. Lester said that anyone who thinks they may have been affected by the scam should call their local law enforcement agency.