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New text messaging service launched to warn Kentucky consumers about scams

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Look out scammers, there's a new text messaging service in town -- and it's shining the spotlight on your dastardly deeds.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear joined with Kroger, AARP and over 25 other partner organizations to launch Scam Alerts, a new service keeps consumers abreast of con artist scams.

According to a news release, Kentucky residents can sign up for Scam Alerts by texting KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311). 

They can also enroll by CLICKING HERE and selecting "text message" or "email alert."

"Today, we launch a transformational tool in our fight against scams," Beshear said, according to the news release. "For the first time, we are going to be able to directly communicate new or trending scams to the citizens of Kentucky. This new alert system is transforming how Kentucky protects our consumers by warning them the minute my office verifies a reported scam. Our partners from across the state will help us spread the word about the new text alert system so that we can better protect our seniors."

According to the news release, "Scam Alerts aim to combat the steep climb in reports of scams targeting Kentuckians by phone, mail and email."

Nationally, last year more than 3 million consumers were conned out of $765 million. Seniors lose nearly $37 billion a year to elder financial abuse.

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