Kentucky Attorney General warns of grandparent scam

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning seniors about scams targeting grandparents. 

According to a news release from Beshear’s office, three Kentucky grandparents were recently robbed of nearly $18,000 after falling victim to a scam.

The victims said they received a phone call from someone claiming to be their grandchild who is in an out-of-state jail and injured after driving under the influence and wrecking. A second scammer joins the call pretending to me an attorney or law enforcement officer who confirms the story and requests the grandparent immediately wire money or send cash to pay the bail bond.

Six grandparents in Butler, Boyle, Fayette, Jefferson, Meade and Pulaski counties have reported the scam phone call.

Beshear says you should never trust anyone who randomly calls you and asks to send money via wire transfers, gift cards, cash or other hard to trace methods of payment.