FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- Scams aren't always like a trap waiting for victims. Many times they come to us in the form of a threatening phone call. And now, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says these calls are disguising themselves as causes for charity.
A caller claiming to be with the "Coalition of Veterans of America" is seeking donations to help cover Veterans Affairs medical bills and to aid homeless veterans.
But that is a lie.
Beshear's Office of Senior Protection verified that the organization is a sham and worries that many more schemes like this could be on the way.
“Our veterans and their families deserve respect and safeguards from scammers,” Beshear said. “To make sure our veterans and legitimate veteran organizations receive donations, I am asking Kentuckians to beware of this scam and take time to verify a charity before making a donation.”
Beshear said donors should follow these additional tips to avoid a sham charity scam:
Do not feel pressured to give money or financial information over the phone.
Beware of sound-alike charities.
Be cautious of social media requests for donations. Although some may be legitimate, consumers need to verify before making donations.
Ask solicitors what percentage of your donation will be given to relief efforts. By law, the solicitor must tell you if you ask.
Avoid wire transfers or gift cards as a donation method.
Better protecting Kentucky families, especially seniors, from scams is one of the core missions of Beshear’s office.
Kentuckians interested in staying ahead of scammers can sign up to receive Scam Alerts from Beshear’s office by texting the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311), or visit ag.ky.gov/scams to sign up with your mobile phone number or email address.