Owensboro Police Department is warning citizens of an increase in two types of scams, one involving email and the other via phone call.
OPD reports that individuals are receiving emails from people they know, asking for money. “In many cases the account has been compromised, so please contact that person directly to ensure the request is legitimate before sending any money,” OPD said in a Facebook post Monday.
OPD said individuals are also reporting a phone scam where the caller says a warrant is issued and asks for payment for a fine to avoid going to jail.
“In some cases the number does appear to be legitimate and they may use an officer’s name,” OPD said in the Facebook post. “Do not send money, law enforcement does not call you requesting you pay fines.”
The FBI has established a website to report suspected internet crimes, including scams. To report such activity, visit https://www.ic3.gov.