​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Attorney General Daniel Cameron is committed to protecting Kentucky families from scams, abuse, and exploitation.  Scam Alerts is a messaging service provided by the Attorney General's office to alert Kentuckians of ongoing scams. 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.

How can I sign up to receive alerts?

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

What kinds of scams target 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. Click on examples below to learn more about different kinds of scams.

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Kentucky seniors have received phone calls from scammers claiming to be their grandchildren. These scammers claim to have been arrested in a foreign country and say they need money wired immediately so they can pay bail. The scammers add that they don't want "mom and dad" to get upset, and request the "grandparent" to remain silent about the issue. This is one more way scammers are taking advantage of the love and concern of seniors for their families and preying on their good nature.


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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.