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Kentuckians urged to watch for any fake arrest warrants

Administrative Office of the Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts Communications Director Jim Hannah

Kentuckians are being reminded to be on the look out for scams involving fake arrest warrants. Jim Hannah with the Administrative Office of the Courts said AOC was made aware of such a scam over the weekend. Hannah said these crimes are becoming more sophisticated.

“They often display the seal from the Kentucky Court of Justice, have a case number, list various charges, might have some personal identification information on them,” said Hannah.

Sometimes notices might have fake signatures of law enforcement officers or court personnel. Recipients should always check with law enforcement or local circuit court clerk’s offices.

Hannah said in cases where money or gift cards are sent, it’s typically very difficult to get them back. The AOC official noted for every reported fake arrest scam, there is concern another could go unreported.

“Anytime that you receive something like this we urge you to call your local law enforcement or the circuit court clerk in your community to confirm that it is legitimate,” said Hannah.

Hannah said another scam involves jury duty where a document states the recipient didn’t appear for duty and needs to send in money.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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