Paducah Police Department officials are alerting residents of a phone scam warning of federal charges for overseas medical purchases.
A Paducah woman received a phone call with a Manhattan area code this week claiming the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency may charge her for trafficking because of illegal drug purchases from foreign countries.
The individual claiming to represent the DEA told her she could avoid the federal criminal offense by paying a fine with a pre-paid credit or debit card. Paducah Police say sometimes the scammer will claim to have intercepted a package sent to or from the phone victim.
Officials are warning western Kentucky residents to be extremely careful with unknown callers and to never provide personal information upfront.