Natural Disaster Scams
To learn more about how to avoid becoming a victim of a natural disaster scam, click here.
Gift Card Scams
Retailers and businesses wishing to download signage about gift card scams, can access it here.
Programs & Presentations
If you have an event that you would like the Office of Senior Protection and Mediation to attend please contact the Office of Senior Protection at (502) 696-5300.
Click here to find a scam event near you.
Senior Justice Initiative
During COVID-19, scams have surged, and Kentucky’s seniors have suffered significant financial harm due to these schemes. Read our Senior Justice Initiative brochure, Protecting Seniors from Scams, to learn how to avoid scams during COVID-19.
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TOP TIPS to Avoid Scams
Hang up. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine. And, avoid robocalls by registering your number on Kentucky's No Call list.
Do not pay upfront. Scammers often offer prizes or threaten to take action against you, if you don't pay a fee or provide your personal information. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not threaten you for upfront payments.
Do not wire money or send reloadable credit/gift cards to people you do not know. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not require you to use these payment methods. It is almost impossible to get your money back after it has been wired, through services like Western Union. Reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit or other types of gift cards like i-tunes present the same problem.
Slow down. Con artists prey on fear and want to scare you in to taking action very quickly. Before you issue payment or provide your personal information, verify the business by researching it online – verify their website, contact information, search for customer reviews and company policies.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone is offering you something for free or a prize you never registered to win, it is more than likely a scam.