The Hopkinsville Police Department wants to warn area residents, especially the elderly about scams occurring in the area.
Police say they have received several calls from local senior citizens who were recently scammed out of money and told police they either received a phone call or email asking them for money.
Police are urging residents to never give out their personal information to unknown individuals over the phone or by email.
Among the scams being conducted include a scam artist calling an unsuspecting individual and offering them a prize in a drawing or other contest, but in order to collect the prize money, which doesn’t exist, a resident would be required to pay a tax or fee.
Police say in other instances, someone will call to announce the target has won a jackpot, but must pay taxes or fees to collect the money.
Police say another scam involves someone calling a home claiming to be the grandchild or other relative and will ask the target to wire money so they can get out of jail, pay a hospital bill or fix a broken-down vehicle.
Police want to remind residents that authentic lotteries don’t require winners to pay to collect money and if they get a call from someone claiming to be a relative in need, they should contact another relative to verify the story before sending money.
To report a scam, contact the Hopkinsville Police Department at 270-890-1500.