The STPSO immediately identified this as an international scam. For the next two days, STPSO detectives worked feverishly with financial institutions across several states to stop the scam. Investigators were ultimately able to recover approximately $80,000 of the elderly couple’s money.
The St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office reminds you to be suspicious of ANY unsolicited emails, phone calls and texts, which claim you have won a contest or are eligible to receive anything of value, especially, if you did not apply for it. In most cases, by the time law enforcement is notified, the money has been funneled out of the country, and is not recoverable.