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March 09, 2017

Washington Parish Resident Scammed for Over $4000

A Washington Parish resident was recently scammed out of more than $4,000. The victim sent the money to buy a vehicle listed on a buy, sale or trade group on Facebook. The victim then became suspicious and also found the Facebook advertisement had been deleted.
Realizing that she had been scammed out of her money, the resident contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Detectives followed up on the reported crime, but were unable to solve it since most crimes of this type originate overseas and the cash was likely overseas as well and unable to be traced. Detectives forwarded information about the scam to the FBI Cyber Crimes Unit.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “If it sounds too good to be true, it likely isn’t true. Never, never, never send money to anyone you do not know, especially if your only contact with them is through social media. There are plenty of people, both domestic and foreign, who have absolutely no conscience and will tell any lie to cheat you out of your hard-earned money. Theses thieves continue to fabricate new schemes designed to do only one thing, and that is to steal from honest people. Please take every precaution to make certain that you are not their next victim.”

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