Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Muhlenberg Sheriff Warns About Scam

scam alert burg 300MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (11/1/13) - The Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies are continuing to receive scam related complaints.

This week the Sheriff’s Department was contacted by an individual that received a check for $2030.10, appearing to be valid. An accompanying letter explained that the check should be deposited into the recipients account; and within 6 to 12 hours, $1560.00 was to be withdrawn and sent per Western Union to an Assigned Receiving Agent.

It is very unlikely that the check would clear and the victim would have been shorted the $1560.00 if they had participated.

The mode of operation involved in this scam indicated that the person was going to be getting paid for doing a service that involved going to certain businesses and evaluating their performance.

scam check

The Sheriff’s Department encourages all Muhlenberg County Residents to be extremely cautious when dealing with deals that appear too good to be true. It may also be helpful to consider the following tips:

1. Speak with someone you trust. If you are in question about any contract, phone call, mail, or advertisement discuss it with someone that you trust for an additional opinion. Commonly those who operate scams ask victims to keep information confidential, explaining that “this deal is not for everyone.” This is often a strong clue that someone is attempting to con you.

2. Consider getting caller I.D. so that you only speak with those you are comfortable speaking with.

3. If you do speak with telemarketers, never give out personal information. (Credit Card Numbers, Bank I.D. Numbers, Social Security Numbers, etc.)

4. Do not fall for statements such as: you must pay to win, you must pay now, I need your banking or credit card info, the prize is in the mail, etc.

5. When having service work done such as home repairs, use reputable repairmen/companies and get references and make sure your contract is in writing.

6. Remember that scams may vary in nature. It is common for con artists to contact victims via phone and traditional mail but may also attempt to contact victims through electronic mail, social media or by showing up at a residence.

7. Con Artists are innovative and often use new techniques in an attempt to steal your monies.

SurfKY
Information provided Curtis McGhee, Muhlenberg County Sheriff

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Fall at Land Between The Lakes

KENTUCKY (9/19/14) — The following happenings and events are scheduled for this fall at Land Between The Lakes: Hike… Read More

Representative from Governor's School for Entrepreneurs Visits CCHS

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (9/19/14) — Laurie Daugherty from the Kentucky Governor's School for Entrepreneurs spoke to… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

September 15, 2014 5844

Man Accused of Stealing Rural King…

in Top Stories by MCSO PIO Alex Piper
September 16, 2014 4467

Postal Worker Arrested for Terroristic…

in Top Stories by GPD PIO Wes Miller
September 19, 2014 3465

Madisonville Man Among Three Arrested for…

in Top Stories by Muhlenberg Sheriff Curtis McGehee
September 17, 2014 3296

Two Arrested for Meth After Traffic Stop

in Top Stories by Alex Piper
September 17, 2014 3181

Wanted Man Leads Troopers on Chase…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

September 17, 2014 3181

Wanted Man Leads Troopers on Chase…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
September 19, 2014 2147

Five Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision at…

in Top Stories by MPD Officer Russell Nichols
September 17, 2014 1990

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Top Stories by Kyle Pharris
September 18, 2014 1746

Manitou Man Charged with DUI

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 18, 2014 1620

Vehicle Strikes CSX Train Cars at Crossing

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

September 19, 2014 558

Police Searching for Hit-And-Run Driver

in Top Stories by Jennifer Smith, DCSO
September 18, 2014 541

Owensboro's Nathan Morris Has Worldwide…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 19, 2014 476

STREET CLOSINGS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

in Top Stories by Abby Shelton
September 18, 2014 386

9-1-1 Phone Lines

in Top Stories by Michael Hathaway
September 18, 2014 349

Bearcats Return to Owensboro for…

in Top Stories by Kayla Cruse

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

September 15, 2014 5844

Man Accused of Stealing Rural King…

in Top Stories by MCSO PIO Alex Piper
September 16, 2014 4467

Postal Worker Arrested for Terroristic…

in Top Stories by GPD PIO Wes Miller
September 17, 2014 3296

Two Arrested for Meth After Traffic Stop

in Top Stories by Alex Piper
September 17, 2014 1340

Muhlenberg Job Corps Support is 'Written…

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
September 16, 2014 1300

Former 1977 Graduates Speaks at…

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06