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Trooper Jonathan Biven
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Post 3 Warns Community of Traveler Scams

Date of News Release: 02/26/2006

(BOWLING GREEN, Ky.) --The Kentucky State Police are sending out this warning to citizens in the eight county Post areas. Scam Artist has been reported in the Post Three area. These criminals target the elderly.

SPRING TIME SCAMS:

Blacktopping/Resurfacing Work: The scam artist might tell you he has material left over from another job, and will offer it to the Senior Citizen for a lower rate. When the Senior Citizen agrees he applies nothing more than used motor oil to the drive, and charges more than was previously quoted or agreed to. The Scam Artist then becomes threatening to the Senior Citizen and demands full payment.

Roofing and Other Home Repairs: The Senior is approached by a Scam Artist who states that he was just driving by and noticed that shingles on their roof are loose or missing, and that the Senior Citizen needs to have them replaced before the Spring rains start. The Scam Artist offers to do the work at a low price, and when the Senior Citizens agree, the Scam Artist asks for money up front to purchase materials. The Scam Artist then leaves to pick up the materials for the repair, and never returns. The Scam Artist might climb on the roof, and advise you that it is worse than he thought and that he will need considerably more money to make the repairs. No repairs are actually completed, and the Scam Artist will possibly damage the roof.

Painters: This scam often happens in the country. The Scam Artist offers to paint your barn, for a reduced rate. When the first big rain falls, the paint washes off, or the Scam Artist only paints the side of the barn that the Senior can see from his or her house, knowing that the Senior is unable to walk to the barn to inspect the work done.

YEAR ROUND SCAMS:

Fake Inspector Ploy: If anyone arrives at your home stating that they are an inspector for the Gas Company, Electric Utility, Cable Service, or any other Public Works, DO NOT let them in your home. Go to your telephone and call the Utility Service they are representing. Ask if anyone from his or her Utility Company is in the area working. If the Utility Company says no, immediately call the Police. Keep your doors locked and wait for the Police to arrive.

Phone Scams: Never give your personal information to anyone over the phone. If someone requests your Social Security Number, Bank Account information, or anything related to personal finance, hang up immediately.

Charities/Lottery: The Kentucky State Police will never call your home asking for money. If you have questions about a charity, you can call the Kentucky State Police to inquire about the legitimacy of that charity. If someone calls and says you have just won a prize, and the only thing you have to do is pay for the shipping, it is a scam. Legitimate businesses do not require payment from you before you will receive a prize, or lottery winnings. If you won something.. You will not have to pay anything first to receive the prize, or winnings.

Banking Account Scam: The Kentucky State Police nor any other Police, Sheriff's Department or Federal Agents will ever request that you help them in solving a crime against a financial institution. The banking Scam Artist will tell you that he or she needs your help in solving a crime. The Scam Artist will tell you that he needs your bank account number, or that he needs you to withdraw money from your account, and deposit it into another account. There are many variations of this scam. Remember, Police or Banking Officials will not request that an ordinary citizens risk their money in apprehending someone for a banking crime. If anyone asks you to withdraw money from your account, or for you to give him or her your account number for the investigation call the Police immediately, this is a scam.

If you have been scammed, do not be embarrassed; report the scam to the Police immediately. Write down vital information about the scam, what the Scam Artist might be driving, and what they look like.

Things to Remember:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If something doesn't seem right it probably isn't.
If you have a question about a suspected scam, call the Police immediately.
Senior Citizens are at the greatest risks of fraud.

The Kentucky State Police, along with City Police and County Sheriff's Departments are here to help prevent you from becoming a victim of Fraud.

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