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Phone scam reported

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.

Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be a family member. The suspect begins to tell them they are in trouble and need money immediately wired to them. This is a scam! Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.

Verify the information before sending any money.

Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. Keep in mind that wiring money is like giving cash--once you send it, you cannot get it back.

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

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