Philippi Police Department

  • Agency: Philippi Police Department
  • Address: 209 South Main St., Philippi, 26416 WV
  • Chief: Mitch Payne (Chief of Police)
Phone: 304-457-3700

Philippi Police Department is located at 209 South Main St., Philippi, 26416 WV. The Chief of Police of the department is Mitch Payne. The Philippi Police Department phone number is 304-457-3700.

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Huge shout out to PBHS girls volleyball. Way to represent. The members of PPD are proud of you. And a huge thank you to Crysal Whited who allowed us to watch the games here, while we continued to protect and serve.

Money back from MoneyGram? Share this page Facebook Twitter Linked-In November 8, 2018 by Karen Dodge Staff Attorney, Midwest Region, FTC We’ve all known for a long time that scammers ask people to pay by wiring money. Money wiring companies like MoneyGram and Western Union have also known that scammers have people wire money using their services. In fact, the FTC has sued both companies – which have paid a lot of money to settle those charges – over exactly that issue. When the FTC settled with those companies (MoneyGram in 2009, Western Union in 2017), they also agreed to make changes to protect people from fraud. Except MoneyGram didn’t actually take some of those important steps. That’s why the FTC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) just announced a new settlement with MoneyGram for $125 million. That money will eventually go back to people who wired – and lost – money to a scammer through MoneyGram starting in 2013. (There will be a date range for eligible refund requests. Exact dates will follow.) Here’s the story: in 2009, MoneyGram had promised to vet the agents they were hiring, train them to spot fraud, monitor them to watch for fraud-related money transfers, take action if they saw an agent who didn’t try to reduce fraud, and also record fraud complaints and share them with the FTC. But the FTC’s investigation showed that MoneyGram hadn’t adequately done those things – especially in their large chain outlets. And MoneyGram’s system that should have helped spot and stop fraudsters operating in plain sight? It basically didn’t work for a year and a half, letting millions of dollars in fraud-related transfers go through. Now, MoneyGram has to put in place more protections that address all the ways it did not follow the order last time. And pay that $125 million to DOJ, which will work with the FTC to set up a refund program to get it back to people. What should you do to get a refund? Right now, nothing. It might take several months for the refund process to even start. When it does, it will be free to request a refund. And we’ll tell you here and at what happens next.

The members of the Philippi Police Department send our heartfelt prayers to the victims families in California.

Small Business Scam Alert: Fake Ads and Business Directory Listings Like many small business owners, you’re trying to grow your business. Scammers know that, so they try to trick you into paying for ads to promote your business or for listings in a business directory. How does the scam work? Scammers may call about an ad you don’t remember ordering or about your “free” listing in the Yellow Pages. They may say that they are calling only to confirm some information. Then you get a bill. They hope you will pay without noticing that you never ordered the ad or listing. If you don’t pay, they may make harassing calls demanding payment. The scammers might even lie about your earlier phone conversation, claiming that it is proof of your order. What to do Verify your invoices. Don’t pay an invoice unless you’ve confirmed that someone on your staff placed the order.

The members of the Philippi Police Department send our prayers to the families of the victims of Tree of Life Synagogue, in Pittsburgh, and we salute the #Pittsburghpolice for their outstanding response to the incident.

If you get a call that looks like it’s from the Social Security Administration (SSA), think twice. Scammers are spoofing SSA’s 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information. Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number – often one that looks legit. Here are few things you should know about these so-called SSA calls. These scam calls are happening across the nation, according to SSA: Your phone rings. Your caller ID shows that it’s the SSA calling from 1-800-772-1213. The caller says he works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information – like your Social Security number – to increase your benefits payments. (Or he threatens to cut off your benefits if you don’t give the information.) But it’s not really the Social Security Administration calling. Yes, it is the SSA’s real phone number, but the scammers on the phone are spoofing the number to make the call look real. What can you do if you get one of these calls? Hang up. Remember: • SSA will not threaten you. Real SSA employees will never threaten you to get personal information. They also won’t promise to increase your benefits in exchange for information. If they do, it’s a scam. • If you have any doubt, hang up and call SSA directly. Call 1-800-772-1213 – that really is the phone number for the Social Security Administration. If you dial that number, you know who you’re getting. But remember that you can’t trust caller ID. If a call comes in from that number, you can’t be sure it’s really SSA calling. • If you get a spoofed call, report it. If someone calls, claiming to be from SSA and asking for information like your Social Security number, report it to SSA’s Office of Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or You can also report these calls to the FTC at For more tips, check out the FTC’s How to Stop Unwanted Calls and Government Imposter Scams. If you think someone has misused your personal information, go to to report identity theft and find out what steps to take.

Recognize Scammers Who Pretend to Be from the Government You know those posters businesses must hang up with information about labor laws? You can get them for free from the U.S. Department of Labor. If someone tries to charge you for them, it’s a scam. And this is only one way government imposters try to trick small business owners. Other ways scammers impersonate the government to con your small business Scammers contact you and say they're with a government agency. They threaten to fine you, sue you or suspend your license if you don’t pay them. Some scammers send letters that look like they’re from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The letters threaten severe consequences: “Pay immediately or lose your trademarks.” Others lie and say you can pay to get access to government grants for your business. What to do No matter the threats, verify the claim before you pay. Contact the government agency directly to find out if the story is true.

Recently, we heard about scams targeting parents of high school students preparing for college. The scammers claim to be from The College Board – the organization responsible for the PSAT and SAT tests. They call or email you, asking for credit card numbers so they can send PSAT prep materials that the student has supposedly requested. Often the scammers have the student’s name, address and phone number – making them seem more believable. Except your student didn’t ask for materials, and it’s not this group calling. Here are some tips to avoid a test prep scam. The College Board will never ask you to give credit card, bank account or password information over the phone or via email. Make sure the company offering test prep materials is legitimate. How? Before you give up your money or personal information, research the company online. Search for their name plus the word “scam” or “complaint.” See about other people’s experiences. And talk to someone you trust, like another parent or your child’s school counselor, before you pay. Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in – meaning that, if you find out you paid a scammer, you may be able to get your money back if you report it quickly. And if anyone asks you to pay by wiring money or by using a reloadable card or gift card, it’s a scam. Spotted a scam? Whether you lost money or not, let us know at

The FTC has been hearing about a new scam targeting people who are selling their cars online. They’re getting calls or texts from people who claim to be interested in buying the car – but first want to see a car history report. They ask the seller to get the report from a specific website, where the seller needs to enter some information and pay about $20 by credit card for the report. The seller then sends it to the supposed buyer but never hears back. Weird, huh? Well, it gets weirder. When the car sellers go to one of these websites, they’re automatically redirected to sites ending in ‘.vin’ – which seems like it might be related to your car’s vehicle identification number or VIN, right? Scammers hope you’ll think that, but no. In this case, .vin is a relatively new website “domain” – like .com or .org – that groups can apply to use. This domain was intended to be used for sites that relate to wine, since “vin” is the French word for wine, but others are not prevented from using it. So yes, that’s a clever take on .vin for cars, yes, but you still might want to think twice if anyone asks you to do car-related business on a site ending in .vin. So, if you are selling a car online and someone asks you to get a car history report from a specific site, ask why and think twice. You may have no way of knowing who operates the site, especially if it’s one you’ve never heard of. It might be a ruse to get your personal information, including your credit card account number. It also could be a way for companies called “lead generators” to get information, which they sell to third parties for advertising and marketing purposes. Your best bet: play it safe. Go to for information on vehicle history reports, recall notices, and how to learn whether a car has been declared salvage. For example, the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) operates, which lists NMVTIS-approved providers of vehicle history reports. Not all vehicle history reports are available through the NMVTIS website. Reports from other providers sometimes have additional information, like accident and repair history. Whether you’re familiar with a company or not, it’s always helpful to see what other people are saying online. Simply enter the name of the company, and words like “complaint,” “review,” “rating,” or “scam.” To get more information like this, sign up for the FTC's Consumer Information Updates.

If you own a small business, cybersecurity for small business you know it’s critical to protect your business from cyber threats. Today, the FTC launched new cybersecurity resources for small businesses – you’ll find them at What better time to check out these new resources than now – it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this week’s theme is cybersecurity at work. This new national cybersecurity education campaign grew out of discussions we had last year with small business owners across the country about cybersecurity challenges. We took note, and developed clear and easy-to-use resources that businesses like yours can use to learn about cybersecurity and help train your employees. The campaign is co-branded with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The new materials include fact sheets, videos and quizzes on these topics: Cybersecurity Basics; Understanding the NIST Cybersecurity Framework; Physical Security; Ransomware; Phishing; Business Email Imposters; Tech Support Scams; Vendor Security; Cyber Insurance (with thanks to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners); Email Authentication; Hiring a Web Host; and Secure Remote Access. The simple format delivers information in a way that will make it easy for you to talk about cybersecurity with your employees, vendors, and others involved in your business. Download each of the fact sheets from and use them to train your staff. Ask them to watch the videos and take the quizzes, also available at,. These resources are all free. Use them. Share them. Link to them from your own website. Make cybersecurity part of your business routine.

On October 1st, 2018 members of the Philippi Police Department responded to Hyden Green apartments, after receiving information from the Barbour County Sheriff's Department that a fugitive from justice was there. The Officers arrested Jamie W. Goodell,44, of Philippi, on the warrant. During the arrest a substantial amount of Methamphetamine was found on Jamie Goodell's person. The Methamphetamine was allegedly packed for delivery. Jamie Goodell was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.


On September 8th, 2018, Matthew Scott Upton, 39 of Philippi, led members of the Philippi Police Department, and the West Virgina State Police on a 2.8 mile pursuit, after fleeing from a traffic stop in the city limits of Philippi. Upton was charged with Fleeing While DUI (Methamphetamine) and Fleeing with Reckless Indifference. There was was a large amount of Methamphetamine seized along with a firearm. More charges are pending as the investigation continues.

The members of the Philippi Police Department want to wish our young citizens a happy back to school. Remember to look twice when driving as children will be out in numbers. Also remember it is illegal to pass a school bus in either direction unless the roadway is separated by a Median.

By special request here is a shout out to one of our awesome out of town visitors: Happy Birthday Crystal!!! from the members of the Philippi Police Department. Here it is, folks. What you have been waiting for. Philippi PD #lipsyncbattle Just click the link. Chief had to go solo. We challenge Barbour and Randolph County SD's.

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If you are a victim of identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission has a website where you can receive immediate assistance.

If you, a family member, or a friend or neighbor are hard of hearing or deaf, you can pick up one of these cards to hand to a Law Enforcement Officer in the event of an encounter with one.

Reminder: If you need a report on road conditions call 511.

Please use caution today while driving, as some of the storm damage was extensive.

On June 19th, 2018 in the early morning hours, Frankie Lea Knight, 33, of Weston, WV was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Obstructing an Officer, and Driving Revoked for DUI, subsequent to a traffic stop in the city limits of Philippi, WV. Two passengers were also arrested, an Amy Hamilton was charged with Possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance, and a Michael Norman was charged with Possession of Metamphetamine. #philippipdk9unit