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Brennan Center Analysis: The false narrative of vote-by-mail fraud; mail ballots essential during COVID

By Wendy Weiser and Harold Ekeh The Brennan Center for Justice If we are to have safe, healthy, and fair elections this year in the face one of the worst pandemics in a century, Americans must make widespread use of mail ballots. Election administrators and other leaders from across the political spectrum have urged support to make the necessary adjustments to their election infrastructure....

Kentucky Attorney General releases joint PSA regarding fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites

Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Friday joined U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Rob Duncan and U.S. Attorney for the Western District Russell Coleman to release a joint public service announcement regarding fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites. The 60-second PSA alerts Kentuckians to the dangers of fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites and urges them to work with a licensed healthcare provider if...

Brennan Center: The false narrative of vote-by-mail fraud; mail ballots are essential for safe elections

Mail ballots are essential for holding a safe election amid COVID-19, and security concerns can be easily addressed, says the Brennan Center for Justice. If we are to have safe, healthy, and fair elections this year in the face one of the worst pandemics in a century, Americans must make widespread use of mail ballots. Election administrators and other leaders from across the political spectrum...

Dept. of Financial Institutions offers tips on protect personal data to avoid scams, fraud, identity theft

The Public Protection Cabinet’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) reminds Kentuckians about the importance of protecting personal data to avoid scams, fraud, and identity theft. Gov. Andy Beshear, who initiated Kentucky’s Scam Alert program as attorney general, continues to focus his administration’s efforts on the protection of Kentuckians from those who would commit fraud. “Data...

New AARP survey shows technology causing more people to be susceptible to holiday scams

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Holiday scams aren’t what they used be. Technology is making fraud harder to spot, and according to a new survey by AARP, nearly 20% of participants failed a simple quiz designed to test their ability to recognize the red flags of holiday scams. Nearly 70% of U.S. adults plan to buy gift cards this holiday season. But according to a new study by AARP, scammers...

BBB Trends: Don’t cash that check! Fake check schemes are on the rise — be cautious

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau People are writing fewer checks in this era of electronic financial transactions. Despite this, fake check scams are on the rise. Fake checks are used in a variety of frauds, from employment scams to prize and sweepstakes fraud. In all reported cases of check fraud, victims deposit the check and send money back to scammers. Complaints to regulatory agencies...

Ten Kentuckians among those indicted as part of Justice Department Medicare Fraud Strike Force

Kentucky Today A healthcare fraud sweep in the Western District of Kentucky, including three health care providers, is part of the nationwide health care fraud takedown led by the Justice Department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the sweep the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving more than 590 charged defendants across 58 federal districts,...

BBB Trends: Upcoming National Consumer Protection Week designed to help you know your rights

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Are you looking to protect yourself from fraud or identity theft? Maybe you heard something on the news about a scam but didn’t catch the whole story? Perhaps you’re wondering about the best way to establish credit, shop for a used car, or maximize your security online. There is conflicting information on multiple websites, so it may be difficult to determine...

BBB Trends: Beware of job offers online — some sites just aren’t what they are pretending to be

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Any job offers extended from www.rds-usa.com should not be accepted. BBB learned that the domain for the website is registered in Hong Kong and isn’t the site it’s pretending to be. The fake website has details designed to make it look like it represents a local company – Rapid Delivery Service, a BBB Accredited Business – but it’s actually...

Western Union wire transfer fraud settlement to net Kentuckians an estimated $6.8 million, Beshear says

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Western Union has agreed to pay an initial estimate of $6.8 million to Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving the company. Beshear said much of the money will go to repay senior citizens who are particularly targeted and victimized by many of the scams that utilize Western Union. The agreement is part of a...

New study shows Kentucky to be ninth least vulnerable state to identity theft, fraud

With the 2016 holday spending season in full swing, a new study from WalletHub shows Kentucky is the ninth least vulnerable state to identity theft and fraud. December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month and 901 data breaches reported thus far in 2016, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub released its in-depth analysis that identifies 2016’s States Most Vulnerable to...

BBB Trends: Fraudsters are on full alert as Summer Olympics approach — and you should be too

By Sandra Guile Special to KyForward The greatest spectacle of athleticism and global competition is about to take place in Rio – the 2016 Summer Olympics! Everyone is invited to witness the thrill of victory as well as the agony of defeat. If you were hoping to see it all in person, be careful, there’s probably a scam for that. From low airfares and luxury hotel accommodations to discount...

BBB Trends: It’s not just people — businesses get scammed too; here are some tips if it happens

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, only 28 percent of small businesses provide training to employees about internet safety and security. Because of that perceived lack of security, staff, customers, and even vendors who have trusted a business with their personal information are at risk. The Federal Trade Commission estimates nine...