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AG Office warns of Social Security scam after Lexington woman loses $30k over fake IRS debt

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Fayette County woman has lost $30,000 to a Social Security scam, prompting Attorney General Andy Beshear to issue a Scam Alert. 

According to the Attorney General’s office, the suspended social security scam, which usually includes the scammer asking for confirmation of a social security number, has been reported nearly 90 times in 36 counties this year.

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BBB Trends: Bugged by robocalls? If you can’t block them, then report them; there’s something you can do

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau You’ve tried ignoring, blocking, teasing and hanging up on these annoying robocalls. Nothing seems to work. Is anyone doing anything about them? The short answer — yes. (Click for link) The Federal Trade Commission is taking aggressive action in concert with law enforcement, the court system, wireless carriers, and Congress to tackle this complicated issue....

Andy Beshear: Progress made in fight to stop scam calls; sophisticated methods create new challenges

As your attorney general, I have made it a top priority to protect Kentuckians from scammers and stop annoying and illegal scam phone calls. A recent opinion article published in many local newspapers called on my office to “see what can be done to get a ‘no call’ list that actually works.” While the National Do Not Call Registry effectively protects against telemarketing sales calls for...

BBB: Government shutdown doesn’t slow down imposters; as watchers aren’t watching, be careful!

The recent Federal Government shutdown is impacting agencies consumers and businesses depend on. Until a resolution is announced, a number of services provided by the FTC, the SBA, and the IRS are unavailable to the public. It also allows an opportunity for scammers posing as a government agency and phish for personal information, so watch out for bogus phone calls, emails, and text messages during...

BBB Trends: Robocalls, spoofing and smishing are on the rise — what it is and what to do

By Sandra Guile Special to KyForward Does it seem like there are more robocalls and spoofed numbers appearing on your cell phone lately? On average, 112 million of these calls are placed per day or 1,297 calls placed per second to the more than six billion smartphones in circulation. As if your phone didn’t buzz enough, 15.2 million text messages are sent around the world per minute. Of those, 90...

AG says deposit scam leaves victims repaying the bank; Franklin County resident lost $10,000

A new scam warning has been issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear after a mobile deposit scam left a Franklin County resident with a $10,000 bank tab. Andy Beshear Beshear said reports from legitimate local banks and Kentuckians indicate scammers are succeeding in their efforts to put a new twist on the old counterfeit check scam. “Falling victim to a counterfeit mobile deposit scam often results...

Keven Moore: Home DNA kits have become a hot item; know the ins and outs before you order

In theory, you could be discriminated against for health or for racist reasons. In theory. DNA is a double helix formed by base pairs attached to a sugar-phosphate backbone. Source: National Institutes for Health This will probably be a more real issue in the future, but right now, the data, algorithms, and accessibility aren’t there. Voluntary records from familial DNA searching sites can be used...

Foot Health: Be smart about toning shoes; if they sound too good to be true, they likely are

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Tennis shoes that “promise” to make you lose weight and gain muscle are all the rage right now. The most popular is still the original Skechers Shape-ups. Advertisements suggest that when you wear the shoes around the house, on a walk down the street or while running errands, the pounds will shed off and your bum will look like Kim Kardashian’s....