Scammers posing as Franklin Co. Deputy Sheriff
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are warning residents about scammers posing as a sheriff’s deputy, who is requesting payment through gift cards.
According to Beshear, the scam is known as the Jury Duty phone scam.
Beshear says the caller is requesting payment of fines for missing Jury Duty.
Beshear reminds people that law enforcement officers and other federal and state authorities will never call to request immediate payment of fines.
According to the attorney general, several counties throughout the state have reported similar scams where con artists pose as law enforcement officials.
Below are tips Beshear wants people to remember when it comes to receiving scam phone calls.
- Never trust the information provided by the caller.
The caller may pretend to have information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials, courthouse addresses and phone numbers. Never trust the caller and always verify information independently.
- Never pay over the phone using gift cards or reloadable credit cards.
Scammers typically use gift cards and reloadable cards as their preferred method of payment because they are almost impossible to track and recover.
- Never provide your personal or financial information to unknown callers.
Even if the caller seems legitimate, never provide your information to an unknown person or company.
To report a scam contact the Attorney General’s Office at 888-432-9257.