Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office flooded with complaints of a call-in con artist
A spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says they've received several complaints about a hispanic male calling random people's homes in hopes of conning thousands of dollars out of his victims.
On November 18th, a woman called police to complain about an unknown male calling from an unlisted phone claiming he was in an automobile accident with the victim's husband and demanded $1,000 or they will harm her husband.
The suspect then instructed the woman to go to her nearest Western Union to wire the money to a location in Puerto Rico. When the woman complied the suspect hung-up and was not heard from again. The victim discovered her husband never was in such a situation with the suspect, and that it was a scam to extort money.
Today, more complaints have been filed with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office regarding phone scams with similar premise and story.
"Never give out personal information over the phone to persons you do not know," said Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Colonel John Fortunato. "We are working with the FBI on this case since it took place possibly outside of our state and jurisdiction. We see a rise in such phone scams and other scams during the holidays."
Black Friday is one of the busiest holiday shopping days where many shoppers can easily fall victim to scammers and con artists.
"We ask that people be aware of their surroundings while shopping at the strip malls and other stores," said Fortunato. "We ask people to call 911 if they see or hear anything suspicious or if they feel they may be a victim of a scam."