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KSP warming residents of phone scam

Posted by Amber Jenkins - email

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) -- The Kentucky State Police is warning residents of a telephone scam where crooks are asking for money on behalf of the KSP.

The Kentucky State Police have received numerous reports from people all over Kentucky regarding telephone calls requesting donations to raise funds for the families of the fallen troopers or to purchase drug dogs for schools.

"These are not authorized by the Kentucky State Police, " says Lt. David Jude, Commander of the KSP Media Relations. "They should be reported to the nearest state Police as soon as possible," he says.

The agency's Electronic Crimes Branch is investigating the incident.

The Kentucky State Police offers some tips to prevent you from becoming a victim of telephone fraud.@

  • When in doubt, ask for more information in writing.
  • Never feel obligated to provide your credit card number over the phone.
  • Ask questions such as "How much of the donation will go directly to the charity as opposed to paying for administrative costs?" The fewer questions the caller can answer, the less likely it is legitimate.
  • Ask for a call-back number or web site address so you can research the organization and contact them later.
  • Hang up if a caller offers to send a messenger to your home to pick up cash or a check.
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