KSP warn of cell phone scam

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By The Staff

Kentucky State Police are warning residents about a new cell phone scam.

According to a KSP news release, a woman's purse, which included her cell phone, was recently stolen. Posing as the woman, the thief sent a text message to the woman's husband asking for the PIN number for their bank account. The husband replied and within 20 minutes all of their money had been withdrawn from their bank account.

Police are advising that when entering contacts into a cell phone directory, residents should avoid using names such as "mom," "dad" or "home." These names describe relationships and may provide other important information that would not normally be disclosed. If text messages are received asking for personal information, call the number back to confirm the request.

Parents should ensure that their children's directories are also void of these types of entries.

Police also ask residents to be cautious about meeting friends or family at a specified location if requested to do so by text.