TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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State Police Warn of a Telephone Scam
Date of News Release: 10/03/2008
(London, KY) - The Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London warns citizens of a telephone scam that appears to be originating for jails and prisons.
The scam comes as an emergency telephone call about a family member that has been hurt in an accident.
The caller asks that the victim call a telephone number for further information and that number will begin with *721.
Dialing *721 first and then the number gives the person called access to the victims long distance service and can cause the victim to receive very large long distance phone bills.
Anyone receiving a telephone call of this type is advised to ignore it.
Anyone falling prey to this scam can cancel the transfer by simply dialing *73 (according to a Windstream telephone company representative).
The Kentucky State Police, depending on the severity of a crash, will communicate with the family in different ways.
Crashes involving a fatality, officers will go to the family in person. If the person is from out of state, we will contact a local police agency to speak to the family. If it is an injury accident, the hospital will typically contact the family.
If the state police leaves a number for the family to call, it will be one of the state police post numbers or a 1-800 number and will never include a star.