Authorities in two northern Kentucky counties are warning residents about familiar scams in which scammers try to get residents to hand over money and, in other cases, their personal information.
A jury duty scam in Kenton County has the sheriff’s office warning of criminals seeking retail credit card numbers from residents.
According to Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn, the scammers identify themselves as employees of the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office. The caller tells the resident that they’ve missed jury duty, then tries convincing them to purchase a credit card and give the scammer information over the phone.
The “call from” number may look like a local, valid number, Korzenborn said. The sheriff’s office reminds residents that a law enforcement officer will never demand a payment by phone. Don’t give the caller any personal information, and don’t agree to meet them in person.
Police in Alexandria say they have been notified about an ongoing scam involving gift card purchases for local churches.
Scammers are texting and emailing residents claiming to be affiliated with an area church, according to police on Facebook, and asking residents to purchase gift cards.
Alexandria police say this could be a scam, and to verify the validity of a church before ever donating money.
Anyone experiencing continued nuisance calls can contact the Kentucky Attorney General — Office of Consumer Protection at 888-432-9257.