Scams reported across eastern Kentucky

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Have you got a call recently saying you won thousands of dollars?

You are not alone. WYMT has received several phone calls in our newsroom reporting possible scams.

The most common scam complaints the Better Business Bureau receive involve free government grants or a sweepstakes.

"What people need to understand is that you do not need to pay a dime to receive a prize. The only place you pay is the IRS, and that is after you receive the prize. And of course you cannot win what you did not enter," said Heather Clary with the BBB.

Clary says most callers say you have either won thousands of dollars in a sweepstakes or because you paid your taxes on time or haven't declared bankruptcy you are eligible for a government grant.

"The bottom line on that is the government is not calling giving away grant money. It's a con artist trying to get into your bank account or get you to wire them money," said Clary.

In Laurel County one man contacted police when a caller from California told him his electricity was going to be turned off and asked for his social security number.

"That set off an alarm in his head, and he said 'hey let me call you back.' And so he called his utility company, and they knew nothing about what was going on," said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.

Officials say you should never give out your personal information over the phone, and you should call and check to see if the caller is who they say they are.

You can report scams to the Better Business Bureau.

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