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Scam Alert: Debt threats causing people to lose money

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - We're alerting you about a scam that investigators say could cost your family a lot of money!

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says they've received many reports of calls or emails telling victims they will be arrested if they don't pay money for a debt they owe. "We've had several complaints over the past couple of weeks of individuals calling and praying mainly on the elderly," explains Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton. "I know if it's happening here it's most likely happening all over Central Kentucky. They are using intimidation tactics on the phone, being very aggressive to the victims."

Sheriff Melton says the calls are coming from overseas but the caller pretends to be from the area or from a fake agency. He tells us they usually use a router to make the number on the caller ID local.

"They are claiming that they either looked at porn on a computer and they owe a fine or they've got an outstanding debt they have to pay. They threaten the caller that if you don't send the money we're going to send the Franklin County Sheriff, Frankfort Police or the FBI to your house and they are going to arrest you."

The callers demand that money be sent through a money transfer, Pay Pal, Western Union or even through a Wal-Mart Money card.
"People sitting back and thinking by the time they realize what they had done and mailed the check it's too late, they realize they've been scammed."

The Franklin Co Sheriff's Office says if you receive one of these phone calls or emails to call them. They will help you verify if the call or email is real or a scam.

We're told more than two dozen people have been affected by the scam. The Sheriff's office is working with other departments to see if this has happened in their area as well. They've also handed the cases over to the Attorney General as well to have it investigated.

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