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SCAM ALERTS

​​​​​​​​SCAM ALERT: Deceitful blacktop contractors targeting Central Kentucky residents; learn more.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Protecting Kentucky families, especially seniors citizens, from scams, abuse and exploitation is a top priority for Attorney General Andy Beshear. To help stop con artists, Beshear launched Scam Alerts – a messaging service to immediately alert Kentuckians when con artists are on the attack. Be informed and save yourself, and those you love and care for, from the emotional and financial distress scammers can cause by signing up for Scam Alerts.

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Kentuckians should report scams to the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257 or file a consumer complaint online.


Scams Targeting Kentuckians

Scams have reached an all time high in Kentucky and the Office of the Attorney General is constantly working to stay ahead of con artists. Our office has already warned Kentuckians to be on alert for the following scams this year.

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This year, one senior citizen reported sending more than $50,000, including more than $20,000 in gift cards she purchased at local retailers, to a con artist claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS Scam is particularly prevalent during tax season, but scammers pretend to represent the IRS all year long. Learn more.
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Report a Scam/Identity Theft

Download and fill out the Scam/Identity Theft complaint form (554k PDF)

​​​Top Tips to Avoid Scams

Hang up. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine. And, avoid robocalls by registering your number on Kentucky's No Call list.

Do not pay upfront. Scammers often offer prizes or threaten to take action against you, if you don't pay a fee or provide your personal information. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not threaten you for upfront payments.

Do not wire money or send reloadable credit/ gift cards to people you do not know. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not require you to use these payment methods. It is almost impossible to get your money back after it has been wired, through services like Western Union. Reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit or other types of gift cards like i-tunes present the same problem.

Slow down. Con artists prey on fear and want to scare you in to taking action very quickly. Before you issue payment or provide your personal information, verify the business by researching it online – verify their website, contact information, search for customer reviews and company policies.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone is offering you something for free or a prize you never registered to win, it is more than likely a scam.

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SCAM ALERTS Partners

AARP · Appalachian Research & Defense Fu​nd · AT&T · Better Business Bureau, Central & Eastern Kentucky · Better Business Bureau, Southern Indiana & Western Kentucky · Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Adult Protective Services · Fayette County Sheriff's Office · Jefferson County Sherriff's Office · Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts · Kentucky Bankers Association · Kentucky Equal Justice Center · Kentucky Housing Corporation · Kentucky Sheriff's Association · Kroger · Legal Aid of the Bluegrass · Legal Aid Society · Lexington Metro Police · Louisville Metro Department of Community Services · Louisville Urban League · The City of Lexington · The City of Louisville · Metropolitan Housing Coalition · UK Cooperative Extension Service · United States Postal Service​​

Interested in becoming a Scam Alerts partner? Contact the Office of Senior Protection at 502-696-5393.

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