Better Business Bureau

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is again warning of a scam. But this time, it’s school districts, not individual consumers who are being targeted.  

Conway says a Kentucky school and at least one in Indiana are among several nationwide that have received book invoices for hundreds of dollars from a company calling itself “Scholastic School Supply”.  A press release from the Kentucky attorney general's office indicates the company in question should not be confused with Scholastic, Inc. an established company that calls the scammers actions a “fraudulent” use of its name and trademark.

Since August, the Better Business Bureau says it has received 90 complaints from 27 states related to the scam.  

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says it’s unfortunate that schools “now have to contend with scam artists who seek to undermine their work and the progress of Kentucky’s children.”

Apple

The Better Business Bureau is warning Kentuckians to avoid falling for a new scam that targets those wanting the new Apple i-Phone.

A bogus email is being reported that tells recipients that they have won an iPhone 5S through a promotional drawing, in an effort to get the would-be victim’s personal information. Similar scams are  appearing on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter

“It’s absolutely bogus," said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, with the Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, southern Indiana, and western Kentucky. "Apple is not giving away free i-Phones, i-Pads, or anything of the sort. The company is not holding promotional awards, or lotteries, or drawings. So beware—if you see something like that, you can report it to Facebook as a scam.”

Smith-Hamblin says while the Apple-related scams have so far been conducted through e-mail and social media, she warns a similar phone scam is also likely in the near future.

Some senior citizens in our listening area have been the targets of a scam involving promises of a free medical alert system.

The Better Business Bureau office that serves Louisville, southern Indiana, and western Kentucky says the scammers tell those who pick up that someone has ordered them a free medical alert system, and that the call is intended to confirm shipping instructions.

"So then the person on the line is to told to press a button to speak to a customer service representative, and that person actually asks them for their personal information, including their credit card number for shipping fees,” says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, from the Better Business Bureau.

Reanna Smith-Hamblin with the Better Business Burea says it appears the scam is originating from an automated dialing system that can place thousands of calls a day. Smith-Hamblin advises anyone getting such calls to immediately hang up the phone.