CWVRW invites expert to educate Upshur residents on scams 


BUCKHANNON — The Central West Virginia Republican Women were pleased to have guest speaker Pam Krushansky at the BiCentennial Inn Monday evening. Krushansky serves as the Consumer Representative & Compliance Specialist for State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. She has been traveling around the state as part of the Attorney General’s Mobile Office to address any questions that constituents might have regarding consumer related issues.

Krushansky has worked for Attorney General Morrisey for eight years. Prior to working for the Attorney General’s Office, she spent 4 years working under Congressman David McKinley, who represents West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives. 

The issues Krushansky addressed at the meeting are the more prevalent scams that are plaguing Americans, such as stealing their information, in addition to how to avoid getting caught in them. Krushansky explained that while scams vary in their execution, they have one thing in common—to steal your identity and/or your money. With stealing your identity typically being the primary motivation behind a scammer contacting you, they will typically first ask you to confirm your identity. Krushansky said that you should never confirm your identity without first asking the caller to identify themselves, so that you can know whether or not you’re dealing with a legitimate organization or person. 

Most potential victims of scammers include the elderly population, who will receive calls from scammers portraying themselves as workers from the “Office of Medicare.” Government organizations such as Medicare, the Social Security Office, and the IRS will not cold call you, according to Krushansky, so do not give them any significant information such as your name, date of birth, address, or social security number. She also noted that with the recent Administration, the IRS has been contracting collection agencies to collect from individuals who owe taxes or any other fees; however, you will know whether or not it is legitimate by receiving a letter beforehand in the mail. 

Another notorious tactic that scammers are using is in the form of posing as credit companies. Scammers will call potential victims stating that they work for a credit card company and they would like for you to update your information. Do not give them any information! Instead, call the bank that issued your credit card and ask if they need you to update any information, Krushansky advised.

Social media is another method that scammers are utilizing in attempt to steal identities. When using Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms and websites, many people will see pop-ups for coupons, cash rewards, gift-cards, or other incentives for victims to click on the link. Do not fall for these, as Krushansky advised, “There are millions of people that see that and will click on them,” but she added these businesses could not stay afloat if they actually gave out that many rewards. 

Krushansky reportedly receives the most calls with questions about consumer issues from Upshur County out of any other county that she oversees. It is paramount to remember to not give any information to any of these organizations attempting to confirm your identity without first confirming that they’re legitimate. 

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a scam should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1(800) 368-8808 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

The next public meeting for the CWVRW will be held on Monday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m. The group publicly meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. If anyone has any questions or would like to join, they can contact President Jeani Hawkins at (304) 613-8576.

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