Phone scam warning in Fayette County

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Scam Alert

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff is warning people about a phone scam that has surfaced across the county.

The office posted on its Facebook Page a message saying residents are receiving phones calls from people falsely identifying themselves as a Fayette County Deputy Sheriff.

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Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Post

The caller asks people to purchase a pre-paid or re-loadable money card and then provide the ‘deputy’ with the card number over the phone to settle the fine.

Deputies say this is not coming from the Office of Fayette County Sheriff.  They remind people never to give out personal or financial information over the phone to someone you don’t know.

Anyone who receives one of these calls is asked to contact the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff at (859) 252-1771.

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