One Kentucky senior already scammed out of thousands of dollar. Authorities don’t want you to be next.

Published 6:56 am Saturday, February 27, 2021

One Kentucky senior recently lost more than $10,000 after being preyed on by scammers. Authorities don’t want you to be next.

Officials from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office are warning residents in northern Kentucky to be on the lookout for scammers that are taking aggressive tactics to prey on the local senior population.

Investigators say scammers are calling people, pretending they are a lawyer and their loved one is in jail, so they need money for bail. Instead of asking for money to be wired to them, scammers are meeting in person to get the cash.

Boone County officials said on Friday that one victim recently lost between $10,000 and 15,000.

Victims are led to believe that one of their loved ones has been arrested ad needs money. The scammer gives the person directions on how to get them the money. Instead of asking for gift cards or wire transfers, scammers ask for cash.

Officials say they are most alarmed by these tactics because it puts victims face-to-face with the scammers in the victims’ homes.

Authorities say they do not have a suspect description of the person they say showed up for the money, because the investigation is still active.

Anyone who thinks they might be a victim of this scam is encouraged to come forward and call the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at (859) 334-2175.