Scammers Now Want Your Money For Fallen Police Officers!
Date of News Release: 01/30/2015
(Henderson, KY) - The Kentucky State Police in Henderson has documented a number of people who have reported they are receiving calls from a gentleman who states he is with KSP or another police professional fundraiser. His goal is to try to obtain donations (credit or bank card information) for fallen officers who have died in the line of duty. When diligent citizens inquire more about his authenticity, the gentlemen then hangs-up. The complainants further advise the gentleman may identify himself as "Rick" and calls from a 270 area code.
The investigation is in its early stages but this number is likely a Skype account originating oversees. Our agency does not and will not ask anyone for any banking or personal information.
My best recommendation is to treat EVERY solicitation call as a SCAM until proven otherwise. The best and proper way to determine the legitimacy of a charitable organization is to check with the Kentucky Office of Attorney General. By LAW, every charitable organization MUST be registered with the AG's office. You may do so by calling 502.696.5300 or their website at: ag.ky.gov. The Better Business Bureau may also be a viable option to check as well.
It also should be noted that it is ILLEGAL for any lottery and/or a sweepstakes to request you send money (for ANY reason). Furthermore, ALL foreign lotteries and/or sweepstakes are ILLEGAL.
Scams come in various forms and are ever evolving into newer areas. To help as an overall guide, here is a list of my Top 10 Tip-off's to a Rip-off!
10) "High pressure sales or frequent calls"!
9) "Immediate decision"! (You must act NOW…hence no time to decide or research for that matter).
8) "Request a credit or debit card or any banking account information"!
7) "Offer to send someone to your home or to overnight something"!
6) "Something for free"!
5) "Unresponsive to questions or too quick to answer by cutting you off"!
4) "An investment without a risk"! (Every investment holds some form of risk(s)).
3) "Will NOT provide written information or references"! (Maybe hangs up on you when asked for written information).
2) "Not registered with the Attorney General's Office"!
1) " If it sounds too good to be true, it often is"!
Should anyone receive these calls or has questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General at 502.696.5300.