The Kenton County Sheriff’s Office has been alerted by a fellow county government agency of an attempted email scam.
Employees received emails from an out-of-office supervisor requesting them to purchase retail gift cards. They were then directed to scratch off the back of the cards in order to reveal the PIN codes and to then send a clear picture of the PIN codes on all the cards to a specific cell number, in this case 551-257-5166.
The employees quickly recognized the request as being a SCAM. Even though the supervisor’s name was correct, the generic address from “earthlink.net” was suspect.
Contacting the supervisor directly the employees were able to confirm this was a scam attempt and began alerting fellow county government offices.
If a request from a supervisor, family member, neighbor or provider of service seems unusual – do not return the email or call the number provided. Contact the person or provider directly thru your known contact numbers and verify the request.
Scammers can be friendly, professional and very convincing. Purchasing RETAIL CREDIT CARDS and giving PIN codes is a first clue it is a SCAM!
DO NOT ENGAGE SCAM e-mailers or CALLERS! Do not give them any type of personal information nor confirm any personal information. Do not give them any type of “payment” over the phone.
If you have been a victim of a SCAM please contact your local police department. In order to report continued nuisance contacts please call the Kentucky Attorney General, Office of Consumer Protection at 888-432-9257.