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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The Attorney General is continuing his efforts to protect Kentuckians from scammers.

“Last year, Kentuckians lost nearly $12 million to scams and fraud. Investment scams, impersonation scams, and identity theft were frequently reported to our office,” according to a Facebook post from Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

More on scams and ID protection:

Tips to prevent identity theft:

  • Beware of requests for personal information via calls, texts or phishing emails
  • Consider placing “fraud alerts” with credit reporting agencies like Experian, Transunion, or Equifax
  • Check your credit report regularly here.

Avoid investment scams

  • Invest carefully, search online for companies, cryptocurrency names
  • Be careful around “guarantees” or big promises

Avoid impersonation scams

  • Never share account passwords, social security numbers or banking information in an email or with an unsolicited caller. Always call the bank directly and clear-up any issues.
  • Never click links in pop-up boxes or text messages.
  • Always get phone numbers from legitimate websites or a billing statement