The Lexington Fire Department, Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the Kentucky attorney general's office issued warnings Monday for three separate scams.
Lexington officials are warning of a possible scam involving telephone solicitations for the fire department.
Fire department officials released a statement Monday saying they are not making any such solicitations.
"We have been made aware of an organization soliciting donations on behalf of the Lexington Fire Department," the release said. "We would like everyone to know that the Lexington Fire Department, the Fraternal Order of Firefighters, and the International Association of Firefighters Local 526 are not currently seeking funds for any reason."
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At least six people in the area have reported receiving such solicitation calls since last week, officials said.
"Some of those who have reported this said that the caller asks for checks to be mailed to Topeka, KS," the release said. "While the fire department, FOF, and Local 526 do raise funds throughout the year for events like Shop-with-a-Firefighter and the Lexington Firefighter Toy program, we are not currently asking for donations."
The department said people can check of the authenticity of a donation request, or see if an organization is affiliated with the fire department, by calling Fire Department Community Services at (859) 231-5668 or (859) 231-5600 after hours. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity should call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College warned Monday that someone has been going door-to-door in Winchester fraudulently asking for donations on behalf of BCTC.
BCTC said it does not solicit donations in this manner.
"It is unfortunate that someone would misrepresent BCTC in our community," Bruce Manley, Winchester-Clark County campus director, said in a news release. "If anyone is asking for money on behalf of the college, please make sure they have a BCTC photo ID and if you feel uncomfortable call the local police."
Anyone who wants to check the authenticity of a request for money involving BCTC can also call the Winchester-Clark County campus directly at 859-737-3098.
Scholastic School Supply
And Kentucky school districts are being warned about a nationwide scam in which schools are receiving phony bills for textbooks.
Since Aug. 20, schools in 27 states including Kentucky have reported receiving bogus invoices from "Scholastic School Supply" for books they did not order, according to a news release issued Monday by Attorney General Jack Conway, the Kentucky Department of Education and the Better Business Bureau.
At least one Kentucky school has received one of the invoices.
The bogus invoices are for $647.50 for the bulk purchase of "English-Language Arts Practice Books" or $388.50 for math workbooks, according to the release.
"It's troubling that scammers are preying on schools and attempting to steal taxpayer money used to pay for the resources needed to help educate our children," Conway said in a release. "We want every school in Kentucky to be aware of these fraudulent invoices so that they can quickly identify and report them."
The name of the company is similar to that of Scholastic Inc., a supplier of educational materials that has issued a statement about the fraudulent use of its name and trademarks.
The Better Business Bureau has received 90 complaints nationwide about invoices, which come from addresses that lead to mail drops in Sewell, N.J., or Las Vegas.
"The scammers are maliciously sending this invoice at exactly the time when schools are likely to be paying for legitimate book orders," said Charles Mattingly, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky.
Suspicious invoices should be reported to the attorney general's Office of Consumer Protection at Ag.ky.gov/consumer or by calling 888-432-9257.