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Scam Artist Posing as State Police Trooper Leads to KSP Issuing Public Guidance in Madison County, KY

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Madison County, KY - Kentucky State Police (KSP), Post 7, in Richmond has been contacted by concerned citizens regarding a phone scam in our area. Citizens have received calls from someone stating they are a Trooper with the Kentucky State Police and there is civil litigation against them. The caller then demands an immediate payment over the phone to avoid being arrested.

The Kentucky State Police would like to remind everyone that we do not call to collect funds or threaten arrest for unpaid fines or taxes. Also, never share your Social Security Number or other personal information online or by phone.

To help as a guide, below are the “Top 10 Tip-offs to a Rip-off”.

1.) High pressure sales or frequent calls are signs that it’s a scam.

2.) If the caller demands an immediate decision, it’s likely a rip-off.

3.) People requesting a credit or debit card or any banking account information.

4.) If the caller offers to send someone to your home or to overnight something.

5.) Something for free is usually a reason to be suspicious.

6.) Unresponsive to questions or too quick to answer by cutting you off.

7.) An investment without a risk.

8.) Will not provide written information or references.

9.) Not registered with the Attorney General’s Office.

10.) If it sounds too good to be true, it often is.

Should anyone receive these calls or if they have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General at 502-696-5300 by phone or fill out a complaint form online at ag.ky.gov/scams, the Kentucky State Police, or their local police department.

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