Police investigating Internet scam in Clay County

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Kentucky State Police say an Internet scam has made it's way to Kentucky.

Police say people think they are helping out an American soldier stationed in Afghanistan, but in reality, they are the middle man in sending stolen property to Africa.

Police say it all started with a dating website.

"In this case, claimed to be a military soldier stationed in Afghanistan unable to receive these packages and needed their help to get these packages and forward them on," said Don Trosper with Kentucky State Police in London.

Police in New York contacted Kentucky State Police while investigating fraudulent credit card use.

Police say the items bought on that stolen credit card were shipped to an address in Sexton's Creek in Clay County. As police investigated further they found out it was part of a bigger scam.

"This person in Clay County thought they were doing a good deed for a military personnel," said Trosper.

Scam victims agree to help the soldier from the website, and also agree to have packages sent to their home and forward them on to an address in Africa. When police went to the residence they found many items bought with the stolen credit card.

"They said yes that they had received packages and had instructions to forward those packages on to country in Africa," said Trosper.

Police say people need to be aware of scams like this one. Officials at Whitaker Bank say most scams can be avoided.

"Never ever give out your information over the website over the phone, your debit card numbers your Visa because there are people always there to scam," said Assistant Vice President at Whitaker Bank Janet Sandlin.

And if you suspect anything suspicious, you should call your bank or police.

As of right now, no charges have been filed pending further investigation.

Police are trying to figure out if the Clay County residents knew they were involved in a fraudulent scam.

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