Scam

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Older adults are often easy targets for financial scammers.  It is not difficult to target elderly individuals because of their trusting nature or their loneliness.  Scammers usually use scare tactics to target their victims in order to convince them to give up personal information.

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Con artists appear to find their "perfect" victims among senior citizens.  The good old-fashioned concept of trust becomes elder population's most vulnerable characteristic. 

Unscrupulous people often take advantage of senior citizens' tendency to take people at their face-value and to believe their easy friendliness.  Sometimes, older adults feel too helpless and/or physically frail to check out the credentials of people who offer to help them.  Under the guise of help, con artists are able to rip off their unsuspecting prey.

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A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging a Shreveport businessman with scamming more than $96 million from investors and financial institutions.

OPSO Warns of Cash Card Scam

Jun 28, 2017
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The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports from parish residents of a scam currently working in Ouachita Parish.  The residents received a call from someone identifying themselves as calling from the Sheriff’s Office, saying the resident has missed jury duty and have to pay a fine.  The caller will usually have a strong language accent.

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The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a current telephone scam that apparently started within the past 24 hours. Scammers are masking their phone number to show up on caller IDs as Ouachita Parish. Once the phone is answered, the scammer tells the victim the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has a warrant for their arrest and they must give personal and credit card information to pay the fine or bond immediately or deputies will be dispatched to arrest them and bring them to OCC.