Kentucky police warn of phone scam

A telephone scam that promised prize money prompted warnings Tuesday from Kentucky State Police.

The state police London post said it received a report about the scam. A victim received a call originating from the 876 area code, which is Jamaica, according to a police press release. The cell phone originating the call was registered in Jamaica. The caller identified himself as Bill Johnson and said the victim had won a large sum of money or a prize.

The caller told victims to send money via Western Union to Phillip Samuels in Brooklyn, N.Y. A prize would be delivered in exchange for the money.

No loss of money has been reported.

Police reminded people to disregard such calls and never send money to obtain a prize.