'Tis the season to be aware of scammers trying to obtain personal information by phone - and in person - during holidays known for giving.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson told magistrates several scams have been reported in Carroll County and the surrounding area, with more reports coming in as the holiday season approaches.

Tomlinson said a county resident called his office to report someone who called claiming to have a large reward or winnings for the person. The resident simply needed to provide personal information over the phone and the winnings would be sent to banking accounts. The resident hung up without giving any information, which is what Tomlinson encourages other residents to do should they get a phone call of the same kind.

"There is a lot of scams out there right now," Tomlinson said. "If it's too good to be true, it's probably not true."

County attorney Nicholas Marsh also shared the story of a door-to-door scam that had happened in Carrollton. Two people had been knocking on doors trying to sell magazine subscriptions that would supposedly be sent to soldiers overseas.

After an investigation, both people were found to have warrants for felonies in another state, Marsh said.

Another telemarketing scam in the area has to do with the jails, county jailer Michael Humphrey said.

People received calls stating their children or grandchildren have been arrested and bail money was needed, he said. The caller asked for credit card information for the bail money.

In almost all cases, jails aren't going to call parents or grandparents to alert them to arrests or for bail, Humphrey said.

Tomlinson cautioned area residents not to give out any personal information, bank account information or credit card information over the phone - to anyone.

"They kind of prey on older people from time to time," Tomlinson said of scammers. "We'd just like to caution everybody."

Also during the meeting, the Fiscal Court approved $1,500 to go to the rejuvenated Carroll County Arts Foundation - formerly known as the Carrollton Arts Board.

The foundation hopes to become a non-profit group and apply for arts grants from the state.

The funding from the Fiscal Court will allow the arts foundation to get legal assistance when filing for non-profit status. The money will also help purchase office supplies.

So far, the group has been working with the library to display area artwork and for other programs, Tomlinson said.

"We've really got some talented people here," he said.

In other business:

• Tomlinson told magistrates the HVAC unit has been set and installed at the William Wheeler Hall of Justice.

• The county's commodities program seemed to go well after the changes in location this month, Tomlinson said.

"It seemed like it was working pretty well," he said. "We did have a few people confused about where they needed to go."

The regular commodities program is housed at the Relevant Church on Highland Avenue, while the senior citizen commodities program is at the Carroll County Senior Center on Sixth Street.

• Road work continues in the county, even as snow begins to fall in the area. Tomlinson hopes more of the roadwork might be completed during warmer days during the winter season.

• Magistrates approved a $3,100 contract with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District for a strategic plan and study of the former Camp KYSOC.

The plan will give an assessment of the camp, potential reuses for the area and highlight recommendations for the camp's future direction.

• The next Fiscal Court meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Dec. 17. Only one regular meeting will be held during the month of December.