Every year thousands of people lose money to telephone scams – from a few dollars to their life savings. Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem friendly, calling you by your first name and talking about your family. Scammers sometimes pretend to be government officials to get you to send them money. They might threaten you with arrest or a lawsuit if you don’t pay a supposed debt or promise lottery winnings if you pay “taxes” or other fees, Regardless of their tactics, their goal is the same: to get you to send them money.
Don’t do it! Government agencies and employees don’t ask people to send money for failing to appear to a jury summons or to bail a family member out of jail. Nor are they permitted to ask you to wire money or add money to a prepaid debit card to pay for anything.
One of our officer's families received a call a few days ago similar to the one in this video. The caller claimed the officer had been arrested in another state and needed bail money. Luckily the family member knew this was a scam since her nephew was at work and not sitting in a jail in Kentucky.