Friday, February 12, 2016

Beshear, sheriffs warn of phone scam in Kentucky

(AP) — Kentucky's attorney general says Kentuckians are being targeted by over-the-phone scams featuring people claiming to be county sheriff's deputies.

Attorney General Andy Beshear says the callers are claiming they can help residents resolve a federal warrant that has been issued against them — but for a price.

Beshear joined a group of central Kentucky sheriffs on Thursday to raise awareness about the issue.

Beshear and the county sheriffs are urging consumers to hang up on the callers and to contact the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection or their local sheriffs' office.

The group said law enforcement does not contact Kentuckians over the phone concerning federal warrants and would never ask for money.