The Financial Crimes Unit is part of the police department's Bureau of Investigation. This unit is responsible for investigating:
- Theft by Deception
- Identity Theft
- Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card Device
- Counterfeit Currency
- Other types of reported crime
Detectives in the Financial Crimes Unit use many resources and methods to determine the identity and whereabouts of suspects linked to the listed crimes. These detectives work closely with multiple federal agencies, sharing information and resources to combat the ever-growing criminal threat in the financial community. You can greatly reduce your risk of being a victim by protecting your personal banking information.
Contact the Financial Crimes Unit
Phone: (859) 258-3600
The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General has a free messaging service to immediately alert Kentuckians when con artists are on the attack. Be informed and save yourself, and those you love and care for, from the emotional and financial distress scammers can cause by signing up for Scam Alerts.
Sign up to receive alerts via text or email
- Text KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311) (see instructions on How to Send a Text Message), OR
- Sign up with your mobile phone number or email address
Top tips to avoid scams
Hang up. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine. And, avoid robocalls by registering your number on Kentucky's No Call list.
Do not pay upfront. Scammers often offer prizes or threaten to take action against you, if you don't pay a fee or provide your personal information. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not threaten you for upfront payments.
Do not wire money or send reloadable credit/ gift cards to people you do not know. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not require you to use these payment methods. It is almost impossible to get your money back after it has been wired, through services like Western Union. Reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit or other types of gift cards like i-tunes present the same problem.
Slow down. Con artists prey on fear and want to scare you in to taking action very quickly. Before you issue payment or provide your personal information, verify the business by researching it online – verify their website, contact information, search for customer reviews and company policies.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone is offering you something for free or a prize you never registered to win, it is more than likely a scam.
These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Lexington Police Department of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Lexington Police Department bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or subsequent links. Contact the external site for questions regarding its content.
- Kentucky's Office of the Attorney General
- Internal Revenue Service
- Better Business Bureau
- ic3.gov - File complaints for online criminal activity
- Commercial Identity Theft Protection - Consumer Affairs
- Federal Trade Commission
- Free Credit Report - Receive one free credit report per year, per credit reporting agency