Mail scammers swindle $85,000 in cash from seniors

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Following multiple reports of losses totaling $85,000 in cash, Attorney General’s Office has issued a scam alert to warn of an uptick in mail scams targeting senior citizens.

They say prepaid debit cards and gift cards remain popular for scammers to use to steal from seniors.

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According to the AG’s office Seniors in Boone, Franklin and Greenup counties sent $85,000 in cash to scammers posing as a computer repair technician, a family member in jail and a government official awarding grants.

The scammers instructed each victim to send $30,000, $29,000 and $26,000 in cash using FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS) and United States Postal Service.

They say two other potential victims in Harlan and Jefferson counties reported a scammer claiming to be a family member needing help after a car wreck but lost no money.



Campaign posters located in post offices across the state help Kentuckians identify, avoid and report common mail scams. The tips include:
• Never provide personal or financial information to an unverified, untrusted person.
• Be wary of deals that sound too good to be true.
• Never send upfront fees using wire transfer, gift cards or cash.
• Don’t feel scared or pressured to act. Take your time and verify.

USPIS is committed to fighting fraud and urges anyone who feels that they have been victimized to report it immediately to their hotline at 1-877-876-2455 or website at uspis.gov.