He says the deal over the phone seemed too good to be true and apparently it was. A Leslie County constable says he figured out a phone scam just in time.
Better Business Bureau officials say it happens all too often. You receive a phone call at home claiming to be your credit card company or your bank promising you great things, but it’s all a lie. That's exactly what a Leslie County man says happened to him.
"See they told me they'd save me over $2500 a year and that sounded good, but after I got to thinking it sounded too good to be true," said Sam Caldwell.
As constable, Caldwell says he was elected to serve the people of Leslie County. Now he wants to warn them and all of Eastern Kentucky about a phone call he received.
"We gave them two credit card numbers and after I give it to them, it come on my mind that I had heard there was a scam going around," he said.
Better Business Bureau officials say they have received several complaints of calls similar to the one Caldwell received.
"They said with your credit card. It just had unknown number and we asked them what do they with it and where they was from and they just wanted to talk about something else," he said.
The B.B.B. says your credit card company will call themselves by name and they say a caller id must show who is calling.
"Never give any caller out of the blue any of your personal financial information, until you can verify who they are, why they're asking for this, get all of their information and then get back with them after you check it out," said Heather Clay with the BBB.
Caldwell says he was lucky. He called his credit card company immediately following the phone call and had new cards issued. He hopes no one else falls for the scam.
"They better be aware because it could cost them plenty of money," Caldwell said.
Better Business Bureau officials say if you feel you have been a victim of a scam to call them toll free at 1-800-866-6668 or log onto their website at http://ky.bbb.org.