Package of lies

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A warning sent to local law enforcement agencies Tuesday to be aware that $32,000 in UPS uniforms purchased from online auction site Ebay might lead to security threats turned out to be based on a hoax.

The Kentucky League of Cities, which sent the alert based on information initially received from the Kentucky State Police, issued an e-mail Wednesday afternoon saying the information was determined by the Louisville Division of the FBI to be an urban legend.

The initial warning stated that $32,000 worth of UPS uniforms had been sold on Ebay and that "the New Jersey Office of Counter Terrorism had received a report of an attempt by an unknown individual to enter a government facility by falsely posing as a UPS employee."

The alert recommended that security personnel should exercise heightened vigilance when screening UPS packages and delivery personnel. The alert also suggested that if anyone encountered something suspicious about a delivery such as a UPS delivery person without a truck to contact UPS to verify employment.

Frankfort Police Maj.r Walter Wilhoite said his department receives a lot of information such as the alert posted Tuesday from sources such as Homeland Security, the FBI, and independent agencies such as the Kentucky League of Cities and advocacy agencies.

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