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April 16, 2024

SCAM ALERT: A Message From the WPSO

Beware! There's a new scam targeting bank accounts circulating, and it's crucial to stay vigilant. Recently, one of our Washington Parish community members, let's call her Linda, fell victim to a sophisticated scam that started with an email claiming her Google account was compromised.

Linda shared her experience where she received an email prompting her to call a phone number supposedly from Microsoft. Upon calling, she spoke with someone claiming they work for Microsoft, who informed her that her bank account, specifically with Hancock Whitney Bank, was under threat, not her Google account.

The scammer then transferred Linda to another individual claiming he was located at the Hancock Whitney Headquarters. This scammer convinced Linda to transfer $12,000 to a new account to supposedly secure her funds. However, the situation escalated when she was asked to send an additional $50,000, divided into two bundles, to different addresses via FedEx.

Thankfully, Linda realized something was amiss and sought help from her local Hancock Whitney Branch in Amile, Louisiana. They confirmed her suspicions and urged her to stop any further transactions.

This incident serves as a stark reminder for all of us to remain cautious and double-check before taking any action, especially when it involves financial transactions or sensitive information. Let's look out for one another and ensure the safety of our community members, particularly the elderly who might be more vulnerable to such scams.

Stay alert, stay safe, and spread the word to protect each other from falling prey to these deceitful tactics. Together, we can combat fraud and safeguard our community's well-being.

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