Newly released consumer fraud program implemented between the Warren County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky's Attorney General. This pilot program is the only one of its kind in the U.S. Students in Warren County elementary schools are being educated in consumer fraud awareness and are being taught to be intelligent consumers. These programs are being delivered to the students by Captain Joe Jakub of the Warren County Sheriff's department.
Operation Check It Out - this educational school program for youngsters is provided by the Attorney General's Office in cooperation with the Prevention Partnership Program of Warren County. The purpose of the program is to teach young students how to be better consumers in the marketplace, and how to spot possible frauds and scams. Fact sheets are distributed to students who then become "junior consumer investigators" for the Attorney General's Office. The fact sheet focuses on a particular area of fraud and gives instructions for students to help protect themselves, and their households. These young people in the past have collected junk mail for the Attorney General's Office, some of which was acted upon by the Attorney General's Legal Staff. The program is two fold, in that the students not only learn, but their parents learn as well.
The Consumer Hotline is up and running. The number is 1-888-432-9257.
Consumers may request complaint forms and consumer education materials as well as report suspicious activity. To report suspicious telemarketers or to report if you have been victimized, consumers may also call the National Fraud Information Center at 1-800-876-7060. Counselors are on staff to help you.
The charitable giving season is here and the potential for charity fraud is on the rise. Consumers should ask the solicitor if he/she is a paid solicitor, or a volunteer. Paid solicitors are paid out of the contributions collected so not all the money you give will actually get to the charity. Ask if the solicitor is registered with the Attorney General's Office and ASK what percentage of your dollar is going to the charity. By law, you must be told. Be suspicious if you are told 85-95% of your donation will actually go to the charity, chances are it will not. You may call the Attorney General's Office to verify what you are being told. Your best bet is ask the solicitor for written information about the charity so that you may review and research it. Budget your annual charity dollars each year so that you will not be tempted by every solicitation, and never be intimidated to give to a charity. Some solicitors may use high pressure or play on your emotions. Consider keeping your charitable dollars on a local level. For more information about charitable giving, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601.
Crimestopper Chairman Captain Joe Jakub, Warren County Sheriff's Department; Kentucky's Attorney General Ben Chandler;
and 2 Student Crimestopper Board Members