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Beware of Phone or Internet Scams

Date of News Release: 04/20/2010

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland encourages the citizens of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties to beware of local phishing scams that have reappeared in our region. One local incident was reported to the Kentucky State Police involving a local citizen who received a phone call from an individual claiming to work for Visa. The man offered to provide a series of free gifts to the citizen due to a purchase she had made earlier on the credit card. When the citizen informed the caller she did not have a credit card, the caller asked for personal information in order for her to receive several alleged coupons.

This type of scam is commonly referred to as "Phishing". The caller was very vague with his information and used deceptive techniques in an attempt to gain personal information from the recipient on the other end of the call. Callers of the sort may ask for personal information like names, addresses, Dates of birth, Social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other account numbers. Reputable businesses do not ask for this information on a call unless it is a secured business like a bank; but this is usually prompted when citizens actually are the ones making to call to these type institutions.

The area code for this specific phishing scam was (268) which originated from Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean Islands. Citizens are asked to be cautious about giving any type of personal information over the telephone or internet unless it is a secured reputable site. Reputable businesses will not ask for this type of information over the phone. Remember, identity theft is the number one growing crime in the United States. Do not fall victim to this type of preventable crime.

If you suspect this type of illegal activity, you can contact the Kentucky state Police at 606-928-6421 or report the crime online at: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/crimacts.htm

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