Police urge caution
The Messenger. 03.12.08
The Kentucky State Police is warning the public of possible scams hitting the area during the month of March.
According to the KSP, a group commonly known as the “Irish Travelers” or “gypsies” traditionally comes through the area using various scams in an attempt to gain entry into homes.
In the past, they have traveled in groups of three or more canvassing neighborhoods and looking for unsuspecting victims, who are normally the elderly and/or widowers. They approach their victims with an offer to paint their homes, seal their driveways or sell and install gutters or attempt to sell linoleum or carpet. Once inside the home, one person will divert the home owner’s attention while the others come in and take property. They may also take payment for a job and then never complete the work, the KSP reported.
The KSP is requesting that the public exercise caution when opening doors to unfamiliar people and suggests no one ever let a stranger into their home, especially if they are home alone. Anyone who suspects that these people have been to their home or anyone who sees suspicious activity in their neighborhood is asked to contact their local law enforcement or the KSP at 1-800-222-5555.
Kentucky State Police