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Beware of Telephone Scams
Being proactive and taking a few simple steps can help you protect yourself from becoming a victim of a scam. We have been alerted of a couple of telephone scams that have happened recently, one involving Kentucky Utilities and the other gift cards. Below are some tips to protect yourself.
• Never provide your password, credit or debit card information or pin number over the phone or in response to an unsolicited Internet request unless you initiated the contact.
• Urgent appeals to act now should be resisted. Thieves often try to get you to act quickly before you have a chance to think about what you may be doing.
• Don’t agree to deposit money from someone you don’t know into your account and then wire the money back or to someone else you don’t know. Wires are like sending cash, once they have been sent you can’t get your money back.
More information about protecting yourself can be found on our Security Center page
Specific Scam Details:
DATE OF RELEASE: April 24, 2014
SUBJECT: Gift Card Phone Scam
RELEASED BY: Sherelle Roberts (859) 425-2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Lexington Division of Police Financial Crimes Unit is warning citizens about a scam offering gift cards and other prizes.
Lexington Police Financial Crimes detectives have received several reports of an automated telephone scam, aimed at stealing victims’ credit card information. According to the reports, victims are receiving calls, from what appears to be an automated calling system. A system recording tells the potential victim they have been randomly selected to win a Wal-Mart gift card and other promotional items. If the potential victim stays on the line they are connected to a live operator, who instructs them provide their credit card information to pay a gift shipping and handling fee of $2.95.
The Lexington Police Financial Crimes Unit encourages citizens to disregard this call, to avoid falling prey to this scam. We also remind everyone to never give personal information or credit card information to anyone over the phone or through text message.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2014) — The Lexington Division of Police Financial Crimes Unit is warning citizens about a scam where a caller pretends to represent Kentucky Utilities.
During the past 48 hours, Lexington residents and business owners have received phone calls from a person pretending to be a Kentucky Utilities employee. The scam suspect tells the customer that their billing account is overdue and warns that their electrical service will be cut off immediately. The suspect then claims that in order to avoid termination of service, the customer must purchase a “Green Dot Money Pak Card” and load it with various monetary amounts. Once purchased by the victim, the suspect requests the card number and the funds are immediately transferred to an overseas account.
The Lexington Police Financial Crimes Unit encourages citizens to disregard this call, to avoid falling prey to this scam. They also remind everyone to never give personal information or bank account information to anyone over the phone or through text message.
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