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MONEY SCAMS TARGETING THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE - Friday, December 16, 2016

MONEY SCAMS TARGETING THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE

Sheriff Leland Falcon once again wants to warn elderly residents and any others who may be tempted by advertisements offering easy money to participants to avoid the temptation.

There has been a large increase of parish residents being scammed out of significant amounts of money by con persons.  Most of these scams originate outside of the United Sates and are being run by foreign nationals.  

The Sheriff urges residents not to respond to advertisements seeking secret shoppers wherein you would receive a fraudulent check and instructed to cash it at your local bank.  Participants are then instructed to keep part of the check funds for their services, then send money grams, Western Union wire transfers, bank money orders, etc. to pre-arranged addresses.  By the time the check is discovered fraudulent, participants have already mailed money as instructed.  The bank then charges the victim’s account and just that easy your cost is double the value of the check

This is just one example of current scams targeting you hard earned money.

Another popular scam targeting the elderly is when persons are contacted to urgently send money because their family member i.e. son, daughter, grandchild and so forth are ill or in trouble and needs to come home.

Another scam is the popular IRS scam in which persons are notified that they owe a large tax debt, but could avoid further action including jail if they send money, usually $2500 to $5000.

"THESE ARE ALL SCAMS

Do not send money to any person or organization that solicits money for any reason.  If you are unsure, contact your Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak to a deputy.  That can be accomplished by simply calling:  985-369-2912, and if time is of the essence, call 911.

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Remember the old adage, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE FROM YOUR SHERIFF, LELAND FALCON


 

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