Phone scam reported
MORGAN CITY, La. -- With the report of a possible phone call scam in the Morgan City area, people should be careful about sending money to callers who request money so they can send you money.
Susan Legendre of Bayou Vista, recently reported a possible scam she encountered when she answered her mother’s landline telephone in Morgan City. The caller told Legendre that he wanted to know whether someone would be home so a check could be delivered to her mother’s house, she said. The caller did not identify himself or say what company or organization he was with.
“I could tell right off it wasn’t legit,” Legendre said. But Legendre kept listening. The caller then told Legendre that she needed to send $130 for shipping and handling so the check could be delivered. That’s when Legendre definitely knew the call was a scam, she said.
She said she would not pay the fee, and asked why the $130 fee was needed to send the check. The caller became rude and asked why Legendre would not pay the fee, she said.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” said Capt. Mike Marino of the Morgan City Police Department.
Though the Morgan City Police Department has not received many scam complaints recently, the department put out a press release a couple years ago warning people to be wary of scams like this one, whether it is over the phone or online, Marino said.
“Anytime you have to start moving funds around like that, be cautious (about sending money),” Marino said.