Attorney General alerts Kentuckians of scam artists impersonating law enforcement
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky’s newest Attorney General Andy Beshear says the number of scam artists claiming to be sheriff’s deputies is on the rise and he plans to raise awareness on the issue.
The Fayette County Sheriff, Kathy Witt says her office started receiving calls about con artist impersonating law enforcement almost 14 months ago.
ABC 36 was told the scammer would call the victim to say there is a warrant for their arrest and if they do not pay they would go to jail. Beshear says these con artists are targeting the elderly and vulnerable Kentuckians. According to Consumer reports, nearly $3 billion dollars was stolen from senior citizens in the United States in 2015.
The Attorney General says some of those dollars were stolen from Kentuckians. “When bad people use their good name to scam Kentuckians, I find that offensive,” said Beshear.
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says, “they [scam artists] are very aggressive and try to intimidate older people”.
Beshear and members of the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association are urging citizens to keep a watchful eye and alert their senior friends about the scam. Furthermore, they say no uniformed officer will ever ask for money.
According to the Attorney General, a lot of these scams are under reported because victims feel ashamed. Beshear encourages victims of the scam to come forward and call 888-432-9357.