Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 11, 2014

Fair warning

Beware of telephone scam

The Independent

ASHLAND — Kentucky State Police have issued a warning for residents to beware of a telephone scam that so far has only been reported in Harlan County, but if it works in bamboozling innocent people out of their money there, it is a certainly it will expand to other counties.

Most should be able to avoid getting scammed by heeding this simple advice: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Police say residents report they have received calls from people claiming  to be with the U.S. Government Grants Department. The caller claims the person being called is the recipient of a federal grant. All they have to do to receive the grant is to send money. The callers also ask for checking account numbers and credit card information, something no one should give to strangers on the telephone.

Police at the Harlan KSP post say anyone who receives calls, mail or emails from people they don’t know should ignore them.

It is difficult to believe many would fall for such a scam, but apparently there are enough of the gullible to make it worth the time, effort and risks taken by the fake government employees. Sadly, some of the victims of such scams never report them because they are too embarrassed to admit they fell for such a ploy. However, only by reporting  the scams can the perpetrators be caught before they steal from other innocent victims.