Hazard Woman Is A Victim Of An Internet Scam

By: Heather Haley
By: Heather Haley

Police are saying a new internet scam has reached eastern Kentucky.

Authorities say a Perry County woman was involved in a case of internet fraud which resulted in some questionable products ending up on her door-step.

Hazard Police say it began with a woman meeting a man on the internet.

They say he asked her for her address so he could send gifts, but what she received only scared her.

The Hazard Police Department says a Perry County woman spent several months chatting online with a man who said he lives in Nigeria. Dhe thought she could trust him so when he asked for her address, she gave it to him.

"He was going to send her some things in the mail and she thought flowers, candy, or something," Chief Deputy Joseph Engle said.

Instead she received 50 gas masks.

Police say she became concerned and called them immediately.

"The more we started looking into it we contacted the FBI, the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service, and evidently this is something they are very familiar with," Engle said.

They were told the products are all a part of an elaborate scam, the perpetrator steals someone else's credit card number to purchase the products. Then they ship them to an innocent third party, in this case the Hazard woman.

The Police officers say the con-artists are turning local people into a middle-person in an elaborate scam to try and keep police from tracking them down.

The Hazard Police Department wants to remind you to never give out any personal information over the internet.

Also, they say to check all credit card and bank accounts often to make sure you are not a victim of identity theft.


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