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Officials with Kentucky State Police Professional Association say not all telemarketers are scammers

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

FLOYD Co., Ky. (WYMT) - The holiday season is a popular time for charitable giving, but officials with the Kentucky State Police Professional Association said holiday seasons also come with common scams.

Officials with the KSPPA said every year they get complaints of phone scammers soliciting money on their behalf.

Floyd County resident Brenda Blair said telemarketers called her twice this December.

"I had always heard of scams and stuff like that," Blair said. "So I said give me your phone number so I can call you back and they said have a good day ma'am."

Blair said when the caller ID said unknown warning signs went off in her head. She contacted KSP.

"I could of just as easily gave them my debit card information," said Blair.

Blair said luckily, this was not a scam.

Officials from KSPPA verified they do ask for donations year-round.

“You must watch for folks who want you to send your credit card information over the phone or if they want you to send them cash,” said Treasurer Phil Crumpton.

Officials said holiday shoppers should be careful to avoid scams.

Phil Crumpton said, “Our telemarketers will ask you if you'd like to make a donation and then they will send you a packet through the mail.”

No matter what Blair said she is happy she trusted her instinct.

To verify whether or not you are the target of this scam Crumpton said you can call their office at 502-875-1625.

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