SCAM ALERT: Kentucky State Police Trooper Impersonator

FRANKFORT, KY - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is reporting that KSP Post 12, Frankfort has been contacted by citizens in the post area regarding a phone scam. Citizens have received calls from someone stating they are a trooper with Kentucky State Police and there is civil litigation against them. The caller then demands an immediate payment over the phone to avoid being arrested.

Law enforcement WILL NOT call you to inform of an arrest warrant. Furthermore, these agencies will not ask anyone for money, banking/personal information or make threats of arrest. Of course, you may also contact the specified agency yourself if you are in any doubt.

KSP 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 Tips" to avoid being scammed.

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 scam.
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.

Also with the recent historic wind damage in Central Kentucky, the Kentucky State Police warns of contractor scams that could occur in the area. Be very vigilant and aware of who you are contracting to do construction work or clean up work in the area.

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 AttorneyGeneral/ScamReport, the Kentucky State Police, or their local police department.


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