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State Treasurer warns of phone scam

Scammers leaving vague and mysterious messages

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says scam artists are calling Kentuckians and identifying themselves as a “pre-trial intervention” organization and leaving behind a vague and mysterious message.

kentucky_seal_resized2The messenger says they have “a pending case in our office that requires your immediate attention” and “It is imperative that I speak to you or your attorney of record immediately today.”

The caller gives a Washington state phone number to call and warns, “If I do not hear from you or your attorney, I will document that you’ve waived your right to counsel and submit your case.” The message ends with this ominous advice from the caller saying, “Govern yourself accordingly.”

“This call is an obvious scam to obtain personal information,” said Hollenbach. “Legal actions or notice of legal actions are normally handled by mail, not over the phone.”

If you do receive a call you can report it to Attorney General Jack Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection at 888-432-9257 or visit ag.ky.gov for more information on scam calls.