LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky State Police is advising all citizens to beware of phone scams requesting financial donations for fallen police officers.

Kentucky State Police in Henderson say people have received calls from someone claiming to be with KSP or another police agency. The caller asks for donations – through bank accounts or credit cards – for officers who have died in the line of duty.

When asked for further information, police say the caller hangs up.

People have told State Police the calls come from a 270 area code and the caller may identify himself as “Rick”. However, police say the calls likely originate overseas and are routed through a Skype account.

Kentucky State Police say they do not use cold call telemarketing to solicit funds for a fallen trooper memorial. Police recommend treating every solicitation call as a scam until proven otherwise.

The best way to check on the authenticity of a charitable organization is with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office by calling 502-696-5300 or visiting their website.

Scams come in various forms and are always evolving into newer areas. KSP offers the following tip-offs to help avoid phone scams:

  • High pressure sales or frequent calls
  • Immediate decision/action required (You must act now with no time to decide or research for that matter)
  • Requests a credit or debit card or any banking account information
  • Offers to send someone to your home or to overnight something
  • Offers something for free
  • Is unresponsive to questions or too quick to answer by cutting you off.
  • Offers an investment without a risk. (Every investment holds some form of risk)
  • Will not provide written information or references (Maybe hangs up when asked for written information)
  • Not registered with the Attorney General's Office
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it often is

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