June 01, 2018
Several University staff have received phone calls from someone posing as a deputy with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. This call is not from the Sheriff's Office and is a scam designed to collect personal Information.
Several instances have occurred with the caller leaving a message, similar to the one below, which is personalized with the recipient's name associated to phone number dialed, in an attempt to make the call appear authentic:
"This is Deputy David Skipper with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. I'm trying to reach 'recipient name'. 'Recipient name' you need to contact us as soon as possible concerning an ongoing civil matter. The Sheriff's Office main line is 859-657-0026. You can reach me at extension 19 until 7pm this evening. This matter is urgent requiring immediate attention."
Phone Scams are used to trick someone into disclosing private, financial, and other information details. Students, Faculty, and staff should never give out personal information such as social security numbers, birthdates, passwords, or other identifying information to unexpected callers, or to those you feel may be suspicious. If you would not share the requested information via email, you likely should not share it via phone.
If you have received one of these phone calls, please contact UK Police at (859)257-8573 and file a formal complaint through www.IC3.GOV.