Sheriff warns of 2 phone scams
Sheriff Mark Hebert is warning area residents of a phone scam.
The sheriff’s office received a complaint May 2 of telephone harassment. Upon investigation, it was determined that the harassing phone call to the victim was part of a scam.
The caller from phone number 855-204-0120 claimed that he was with the Bureau of Crime Investigations and that the victim owed money from a loan financed by a local bank. When the victim attempted to explain that it was a misunderstanding, the caller began to make threats against her and her job. The caller also claimed that he had the victim’s Social Security number and other personal information.
Hebert said the public should be aware that this is a scam. There is no such agency as the Bureau of Crime Investigations that would call to collect on a loan.
The sheriff’s office also received some reports of another common type of telephone scam. The caller stated that the victim had won a sweepstakes prize but must first purchase money cards to claim it. Hebert said this is also a scam.
These types of incidents should be reported to your local law enforcement agency and may also be reported to the National White Collar Crime Center and FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, www.ic3.gov. This website also provides information regarding the many types of Internet and telephone scams.