Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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Kentucky State Police Issue Scam Advisory
Date of News Release: 11/09/2011
(Richmond, Ky.) -- On November 7, 2011 the Kentucky State Police Richmond Post received a Craig's List Scam complaint from a local citizen. The citizen stated that she had been looking to rent a house on Craig's List and had contacted one of the owners of a private residence. The "owner" requested that $800 be sent by Western Union to an overseas location for a security deposit. The potential victim did not send the money and contacted the Kentucky State Police.
The Kentucky State Police encourage the public to be hesitant when sending money to anyone they do not personally know. This is a new approach to internet scams but a common theme. Scammers use online contact to maintain their anonymity. In the past such approaches as; sweepstakes which require the winner to send money to collect the prize, or purchasing am item via the internet and sending money through Western Union have been used. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Prosecuting these individuals is very difficult and often impossible due to geographic distances and protections provided by the overseas government.
The Attorney Generals office posted on their web site the following information, "If you receive any of these correspondences via phone, email, or mail, do not respond, do not provide your account information, and do not attempt to deposit any checks from these contacts. Your bank may hold you responsible for any non-sufficient funds deposited into your account."
Richmond Post provides law enforcement services for Madison, Clark, Lee, Estill, Jackson, Owsley, Garrard, Jessamine, Boyle, Lincoln and Mercer counties. To contact Richmond Post directly call (859) 623-2404 or (800)222-5555.