Date of release: September 4, 2018
Paducah police are reminding citizens not to send money in any form or provide any personal information over the phone or on the internet without thoroughly checking out the recipient.
Two women reported to police today that they have lost more than $12,000 combined in two separate internet scams.
The first woman told Officer Brian Kopischke that she was contacted via Facebook Messenger by a woman offering to help her get government grants for her bills and living expenses.
The woman requested personal information, including a copy of the victim’s driver’s license, and began asking for payments for “fees.” The victim lost about $11,000 in the scam.
The second woman told police she answered a job announcement on Facebook and was interviewed online. She said she was “hired” and provided the company her identifying information. She said she bought gift cards and sent them to the company. She was to be reimbursed and paid a wage for these transactions. The woman lost $1,100 in the scam.
Please be aware that scam artists operate in all manners – in person, by telephone, by mail and by social media/internet. Do not provide your personal information to anyone unless you are sure about their identity and their intent. Remember: If it seems too good to be true, be very cautious about proceeding.