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Acadia Parish Sheriff Issues a Scam Alert Targeting Senior Citizens

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office is issuing an alert due to several scams which have occurred within the parish. Some of these scams have succeeded and some have not. Residents need to get involved with their elderly family members as it appears that our senior citizens are being directly targeted.

This past week, we have received complaints regarding a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes scam as well as scams involving the IRS, outstanding warrants scam or direct contact on Facebook Messenger.

The concern is that our senior citizens seem to be the persons whom these scammers have the most success with. And in several cases have been convincing our seniors to send money over a few weeks or even a few months. This can ruin a person’s financial capabilities. Scammers will not stop until they have penny they can get or until someone intervenes.

Pay attention on a daily basis to bank accounts of your elder family member as they will often not discuss this in fear of not receiving what the scammer claims they will receive. For more information, you are urged to call local law enforcement for direction or to answer questions.

Please help me get this message out to our citizens before they become the next victim.