Late Monday afternoon, The Cynthiana Democrat was made aware of an attempted phone scam targeting the newspaper’s classified advertising customers. As of noon Tuesday, two classified customers reported being contacted by telephone by individuals falsely identifying themselves as employees of the advertising department. Customers were informed by the callers that a payment problem had occurred with their advertisement appearing in the newspaper. The callers then asked for the customers’ credit card number or checking account transaction routing number.
The Cynthiana Democrat wishes to inform our readers and classified advertisers of these attempted scam calls. If you have recently placed a classified advertisement in the newspaper and receive a call as described above, please do not provide any credit card or banking information to the caller. Contact the newspaper at (859) 234-1035 for verification of any payment problem or to report a scam attempt.
You may also contact Tom Ginther, an investigator in the case, in the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. Ginther may be reached at 502-429-7134 Ext. 224. The scam has affected classified customers of several Kentucky newspapers.