KENTUCKY – Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office issued several consumer alerts during the year warning Kentuckians of various scams. Cameron says scams are at an all time high in Kentucky and his office is constantly working to stay ahead of scammers.
TOP TIPS for Avoiding Scams, as shared by the Attorney General’s Office
To hang up. If someone calls to ask for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller is telling the truth, call back a number you know is genuine. And avoid robocalls by registering your number on Kentucky’s No-Appeal List.
Don’t pay up front. 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 won’t threaten you with upfront payments.
“There are people who are bad actors and start calling individuals and asking them to pay for unsolicited services that, quite frankly, the individual, the consumer hasn’t even requested, with a gift card. what I tell people all the time is that you should be wary. Anyone who contacts you by phone, especially if they are posing as a government entity or business entity with which you have no connection or prior communication, often if the government is going to contact you, they will do so by the United States Postal Service intermediary. They’ll send something in the mail, instead of calling you, so will businesses. Normally, unless it’s an unsolicited call, they won’t call you out of the blue and ask you to pay for something you just haven’t requested service for. We have encouraged people to be very wary and careful anytime they get a call from one, a number they don’t know and then two, from someone asking them to pay with gift cards, and that you don’t anticipate, ”says Cameron.