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KCSO: Scam callers impersonating NKY police, asking for retail cards or cash

Posted at 9:09 AM, Nov 07, 2019

The Kenton County Sheriff's Office warns of another phone scam involving callers impersonating law enforcement who threaten to arrest victims unless they hand over retail credit cards or cash.

Authorities say they've received "numerous calls" about phone scammers who claim they're with the sheriff's office or other local police department. The callers threaten to issue a warrant for the potential victim's arrest unless they pay with retail credit cards or meet in person to hand over cash.

The sheriff's office says the caller sounds "professional and very convincing," and scammers may manipulate the display number to appear that the call is coming from a local agency.

"A law enforcement officer would never call you to demand payment in order to 'take care of a situation,'" the sheriff's office said in its alert.

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Do not engage scam callers, agree to meet with them or give any personal information over the phone, authorities say.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up and contact your local police department. You can also contact the Kentucky Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection at (888) 432-9257 to report repeated calls.