Beshear warns of truck and tractor scams

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians about widespread scams involving fraudulent ads for trucks and tractors.

scamBeshear’s office has received numerous complaints about the ads, appearing in local newspapers and online, which offer deeply discounted pickup trucks and John Deere tractors.

Once a victim calls the number in the ad, he or she begins receiving text messages from a person claiming to be an Air Force sergeant in North Dakota who is leaving for an overseas deployment. The scammer then attempts to secure payment for the truck or tractor and promises delivery once the money is received.

Of course, no merchandise is ever received.

Beshear warns Kentuckians to be wary of such ads. He also offers the following tips:

  • Be wary of too-good-to-be-true prices — If a price of a product seems too good to be true, it probably is. Compare prices of identical goods online in order to see if you are getting a good deal versus being duped. For vehicle sales, request copies of titles and local tax receipts to help confirm the seller and vehicle’s legitimacy, and obtain the VIN number and run a vehicle history report.
  • Research the seller and attempt to view the product in person — Research the seller online and reject high-pressure sales tactics. Ask the seller if they are willing to meet you in a safe location to view the product in person – if they are unwilling, this is a warning sign that it could be a scam.
  • Only use verified methods of payment — Never wire money, use gift cards or reloadable cards, reputable sellers and companies do not use these methods of payment. You may also verify with the sales website if you are unsure of whether to proceed with the transaction.
  • Stay informed — To stay up to date on new and trending scams Kentuckians should sign up to receive Scam Alerts from the Office of the Attorney General. To enroll, text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311), or enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select text message or email alert.

Kentuckians who want assistance verifying a scam or reporting a scam can contact the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257 or file a consumer complaint online.