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The Kentucky Attorney General says fraudulent businesses and lotteries are on the rise in the Commonwealth.

Since October, the Attorney General’s office has been hearing more and more reports of scams, including phony lotteries, charities and foreclosure assistance.

Office spokesperson Allison Martin says the schemes are a sort of holiday tradition.

“Those types of calls will peak in December when people are really trying to get their hands on extra money for the holidays or trying to make that mortgage payment in addition to buying holiday gifts,” she says.

Martin says the economic downturn has made some of the scams more appealing to Kentuckians who are facing lean personal budgets.