CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. (02/07/2023) – Kentucky State Police, Post 5, in Campbellsburg has been contacted by a concerned citizen regarding an email scam in our area. This Citizen has received an email from someone stating they are with Best Buy-Geek Squad and they are being charged $349.99 for a maintenance plan. When contacting the number provided in the email, the scammer advised that they would issue a refund and an additional $50 for the inconvenience, all while gaining access to the citizen’s bank account. The scammer then makes an error on the refund and requests you go to your bank to complete a wire transfer. Fortunately for this citizen, no money was removed from their bank account and the bank teller was able to close that account.
The Kentucky State Police would like to remind everyone to never share their Social Security Number or other personal information online or by phone.
To help as a guide, below are the “Top 10 Tip-offs to a Rip-off”.
1.) High-pressure sales or frequent calls are signs that it’s a scam.
2.) If the caller demands an immediate decision, it’s likely a rip-off.
3.) People requesting a credit or debit card or any banking account information.
4.) If the caller offers to send someone to your home or to overnight something.
5.) Something for free is usually a reason to be suspicious.
6.) Unresponsive to questions or too quick to answer by cutting you off.
7.) An investment without a risk.
8.) Will not provide written information or references.
9.) Not registered with the Attorney General’s Office.
10.) If it sounds too good to be true, it often is.
Should anyone receive these emails or if they have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General at 502-696-5300 by phone or fill out a complaint form online at ag.ky.gov/scams, the Kentucky State Police, or their local police department.
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