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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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Attorney general’s office issues alert after rash of mail scams costs Kentucky seniors $85,000

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A rash of mail scams targeting senior citizens, leading to the loss of $85,000, has prompted the Attorney General’s office to issue a scam alert. While prepaid debit cards and gift cards remain popular for scammers to use to steal from Kentuckians, Attorney General Andy Beshear said seniors in Boone, Franklin and Greenup counties sent $85,000 in cash to scammers posing...

Kentucky Attorney General warning current, former college students of student loan debt relief scam

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has issued a scam alert to current and former college students regarding companies offering student loan debt relief for a fee. Residents of Allen, Breckinridge, Clark, Daviess, Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton, Mason and Warren counties have recently reported receiving strange calls and voicemails from a woman claiming she needs to discuss...

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...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

Attorney General warns against scams on access to affordable health insurance; don’t share information

Scammers are targeting Kentucky families looking for access to affordable health insurance, said Attorney General Andy Beshear. Beshear issued a Scam Alert after receiving multiple reports of health insurance related scams. A Lexington resident recorded a portion of a scam call from the “National Health Enrollment Center.” The automated caller asks if you are looking for affordable insurance...

Beshear among 34 attorneys general demanding Equifax provide better safeguards after data breach

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with 34 attorneys general to send a letter demanding that Equifax take immediate steps to strengthen customer protections and improve services to the nearly 143 million people impacted by the massive data breach. “I share Kentuckians frustration surrounding this data breach and that is why I am asking Equifax to move quickly to alleviate unnecessary confusion...

Watch for scammers using fake charities to profit from hurricane relief efforts, Beshear says

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert to warn Kentuckians of fake charity scams related to Hurricane Harvey. Due to the lasting devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Beshear is asking Kentuckians to be wary of scammers attempting to profit from relief efforts. “The families and communities impacted by this deadly storm deserve our help,” said Beshear. “I am asking generous Kentuckians...

Fraudulent blacktop contractors targeting central Kentucky residents, attorney general’s office says

Attorney General Andy Beshear and Woodford County Sheriff Wayne “Tiny” Wright said Monday a group of door-to-door blacktop contractors is targeting elderly residents in Woodford County, and possibly families in the Central Kentucky region. Beshear said Wright contacted his office after a Woodford County resident was pressured into overpaying contractors to seal her driveway. Wright said the woman...

Scam Alert program to protect seniors from con artists has reached over 9,000, Beshear says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – More than 9,300 Kentuckians have signed up for Scam Alerts, the state’s first continuous, comprehensive push to protect seniors from con artists, said Attorney General Andy Beshear. Beshear cited a study showing why such a service is needed during a press conference in Frankfort. “In 2015, Consumer Reports estimated over $3 billion were stolen from our...

Scam Alert issued after utility customers around the state receive bogus demands for payment

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert Wednesday to warn Kentuckians of reports of suspicious calls being made to utility customers in southeastern Kentucky. Kentuckians in Harlan, London and Pineville reported receiving a call from someone claiming to be a utility company employee who asks for a utility bill payment over the phone. If the customer refuses to pay immediately, the scammer...

Beshear: Protecting yourself from scams the focus of National Consumer Protection Week

In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, March 5-11, Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Kentuckians to guard themselves and their families from scams by signing up for Scam Alerts. Kentuckians can sign up for the alerts by texting the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311) or visit ag.ky.gov/scams to sign up to receive an email or text alert. “Scam Alerts provide critical information on the...

Beshear warns of ‘jury duty’ telephone scam involving demand for fines for missing assignment

Attorney General Beshear issued a Scam Alert to help Kentuckians avoid falling victim to a “jury duty” telephone scam. The U.S. Marshals Service recently warned of the scam sweeping much of the country and reports of such calls have now been made to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. The caller, who pretends to be a U.S. Marshal, court worker or other federal or state law enforcement authority,...

Scam Alert: Phony travel agent claims Kentuckians have won a free cruise, seeks upfront fees

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert Thursday to help Kentuckians avoid being swindled by a free ocean cruise scam. Kentuckians are reporting a phone call claiming they have won a free cruise. The caller, who often pretends to be a travel agent, says in order to accept the free cruise, the consumer must make a deposit or pay an upfront booking fee. The caller claims the deposit is “no...

Jeff Rubin: Crimes, scams against the elderly a growing concern for Kentucky

In fiscal year 2015, Kentucky’s Adult Protective Services investigated nearly 46,000 reports of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation in Kentucky. Yet, despite the fact that a growing number of elderly are increasingly vulnerable to a broad range of exploitation and abuse, knowing just how many and who they are, is often quite difficult to identify. According to a report by the U.S. Department...