FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – On Thursday, Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued an alert to Kentuckians regarding fake arrest warrant scams going on in the state.

In the reported scams, individuals are impersonating law enforcement officers over the phone, trying to convince Kentuckians they have an outstanding warrant for their arrest and must make a fake fine payment.

“Arrest warrant scams are not new, but this type of fraud is on the rise in Kentucky. Kentuckians in all 120 counties should be on guard for scammers who impersonate law enforcement and demand payment via gift cards or mobile payment apps. Report scams to ag.ky.gov/scams,” said Attorney General Cameron.

Although this type of scam is not new, the attorney general’s office has seen an influx of arrest warrant scams and reported Kentuckians have lost over $41,000.

The report states scammers will usually demand payments through gift cards or mobile apps and tell victims they will be apprehended if they go to a police station before transferring funds.

To avoid becoming a victim of an arrest warrant scam, the attorney general’s office recommends these tips:

  • Resist pressure to make immediate payment to a threatening caller. Scammers use scare tactics to create a sense of urgency.
  • If you receive a call from a law enforcement officer demanding that you pay a fine to avoid arrest for a missed court appearance, jury duty, or other matter to avoid arrest, hang up and contact the actual law enforcement agency directly at their official telephone number.
  • Remember that law enforcement will not require payment over the phone or through gift cards to resolve these matters.
  • If there is a warrant for your arrest, you will not get a phone call warning you. A police officer or deputy will just show up to arrest you.

For additional information regarding fake warrant scams, visit bbb.org/warrantscam.

To report warrant scams, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257, or complete the online scam complaint form at ag.ky.gov/scams.