KSP Warns of Telephone Scam

(Richmond, Ky.) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post has been notified that scammers are using the KSP Post 7 telephone number in an attempt to scam some central Kentucky residents.

The attempted scam begins when a caller replaces their number with the KSP Post 7 telephone number, 859-623-2404, and calls the unsuspecting person. The caller then tells them that the Kentucky State Police has a warrant for their arrest because they owe the IRS money. The caller then demands an immediate payment over the phone to avoid being arrested.  Fortunately, there have not been any reports of scammers collecting any funds, but KSP has received multiple calls from people that were targeted by the scam artists.

The Kentucky State Police would like to remind people that we do not call and collect funds, or threaten arrest for unpaid taxes.

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 has questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General at 502-696-5300, the Kentucky State Police, or their local police department.

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