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LaDonna Koebel: Employment and work-from-home scams prevalent during COVID-19 pandemic

Reports of scams to the Attorney General’s Office have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with dollar losses up as much as 8,000 percent compared to 2019. In August 2020, employment and work-from-home scams accounted for nearly half of the dollar losses reported to our office. Scammers are preying on the vulnerabilities created by the pandemic and know that employment scams are...

More than 100,000 Kentucky voters successfully apply online for absentee ballot as of Tuesday

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that, as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 100,000 registered Kentucky voters have taken advantage of govoteky.com to request their absentee ballots for the June 23 election. “Voting absentee is easy, secure, and wildly popular,” Adams said. “I’m grateful to the Kentuckians who understand that we have fewer voting locations available and fewer poll workers...

College students going back to class — many on their own for first time — and scammers might follow

Students across the Bluegrass are returning to college campuses. Better Business Bureau serving Central & Eastern Kentucky advises students and parents to be aware of scammers that may target these young people, many on their own for the first time. According to 2018’s BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, 41.6 percent of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3 percent...