Laurel sheriff: Several phone scams reported in community

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LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department says it’s getting reports of several different phone scams in the area.

The sheriff says one caller is posing as a grandchild or other family member who needs bail money or cash for a family emergency.

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Another scammer pretends to be an IRS employee who demands money, threatening legal action.

There’s also a scam where the caller says they are sending a check for items or services they can provide. The scammer then asks that a partial amount of money be sent back.

And in another scam, the caller says the person is getting a huge prize, and that a processing fee is needed to claim it.

Investigators say, “In most of these phone scams, the caller requests money be sent by a cashiers check, green dot card, MoneyGram , a check or the victims bank routing numbers. Citizens need to be alerted that in all these instances, all have been determined to be a scams. Please do not fall prey to this attempt to steal money from unsuspecting people. Generally if citizens have caller I.D.on their phone, and do not recognize the caller’s number, it is recommended not to answer, and screen phone calls. Scammers can even program familiar phone numbers into their calls.”

The sheriff’s office says you should never give out personal identifying information, or send money, checks or other means of cash after a suspicious phone call.