WICHITA, Kan. -- The Sedgwick County District Attorney is warning about another phone scam that has begun targeting county residents.
Phone scams have become such a problem, District Attorney Marc Bennett said, that the DA's office has received calls from scammers.
"We actually get calls from the scam artists," Bennett said. "They are so random they call the Office of the District Attorney. So, if they're calling us, my guess is they're calling folks in the community."
Bennett said, in the latest cases, scam artists have been calling Sedgwick County residents and telling them they are eligible to receive thousands of dollars because they have never filed for bankruptcy protection.
So far, nobody has fallen victim to the scam, Bennett said.
"The sad truth we know is that people who are taken in later feel foolish about it and then they don't tell other people about it," he said.
Scams like this are among the reasons the National Association of Attorneys General will be in Wichita next week. Investigators, attorneys and consumer advocates from 46 states will discuss the latest ways to fight consumer fraud and scams.
"I really think that the creativity of some of these crooks and con artists is limited maybe by nothing whatsoever and I've always said if they put their talents to good use, think of the tremendous contribution they could make to our economy," Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Schmidt said scammers can be elusive and hard to track down, so the best defense is to be skeptical of anybody calling and starting a conversation that leads to asking for personal information.
"It's always good not only to be aware, but also to watch out for friends and neighbors, especially those that might be a little more vulnerable and make sure you've got their back," he said.
Anybody who has a complaint about any potential scam should call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-432-2310.