Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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KSP Warns of Internet Scam
Date of News Release: 01/25/05
(Hazard, KY) - The Kentucky State Police in Hazard would like to inform everyone that a scam has surfaced in Kentucky dealing with internet fraud.
People who are trying to sell belongings on the internet are being sent fake credit card numbers and cashier's checks to purchase these items. The buyer is sending an amount greater that the purchase price and asking that the victim purchase a money order or cashier's check for the overpayment amount and send it to a mailing address overseas.
Frequently, the credit card numbers are stolen and the cashier's checks are fake. We are advising all people to be aware that this type of crime is taking place and follow these guidelines when dealing with suspicious offers:
- Verify the authenticity of the buyer via telephone
- Do not release property until all checks have cleared the bank with sufficient funding-banks should verify funding with issuing institutions
- Insist that buyers only send the purchase amount, no overpayments
- Do not release personal credit card numbers or account numbers to suspect businesses or persons, if suspicious, contact your bank or credit card company
- Many internet scams originate from overseas be suspicious of buyers who want you to send money or property to addresses outside the US.