Sheriff's office warns of scam that cost elderly man $4,000

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Whitley County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a phone scam targeting the area after an elderly Whitley County man was scammed out of approximately $4,000.

The sheriff’s office warns that these scams play on people’s emotions, often stating a loved one is in legal or medical trouble and needs money electronically transferred or 'loaded' onto a prepaid debit card or gift card. Scammers prefer these methods of transferring money because they make it difficult to track or recover the victim’s losses.

The scammers may also use fear or intimidation, falsely identifying themselves as an IRS official. The IRS will never request credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to involve local law enforcement.

If you have any reason to doubt the legitimacy of the caller, hang up and call the person, business or office they claimed to be associated with directly.

If you do receive a scam call, do not give out any personal or financial information and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here or by calling the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

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