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Officials investigate phone call scams

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Johnson County say some people have reported getting phone calls from someone claiming they have won several thousand dollars, but they have to pay money up front to get it.

It starts with a phone call and ends with some people being scammed out of hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.

"A lot of people are strapping for money and stuff, and times are hard so people are trying to take advantage of anyone they can," said Kevin Pelphrey, Johnson County Chief Deputy.

It is all based on the promise that you have won huge amounts of money, but to get it you have to pay money up front.

One woman in Johnson County almost lost $500.

"That he could use to process the paperwork and in turn he'd bring her $85,000 check," said Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price.

Sheriff Price says he found out a man named Michael Collins had called the woman from a Jamaican number, and he called him back.

"I told him who I was and why I was calling and he said, 'No that's not true. I never talked to that lady,'" Price said.

Mountain News also tried to reach Collins, but our calls were never answered.

Officers say these types of phone call scams are getting more common and they are urging people not to fall for them. But they say before you hang up on the caller try and get as much information out of them as you possibly can.

"It would help us if you could play along a little bit, just to try to get their name, a contact number. That gives us something to go on," said Price.

Officers say just remember one thing.

"If they offer you a deal that's too good to be true nine times out of 10 it probably will be," said Pelphrey.

And save yourself a lot of trouble and money.

If you get one of these phone calls officers suggest letting law enforcement know right away and do not give out any of your personal information.

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