Police warn public about telephone scam

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 6:06pm

The Bossier City Police Department is advising the public to be aware of a telephone scam that appears to target older residents.

This afternoon the police department was contacted separately by four individuals who reported receiving suspicious telephone calls from the 876 area code.

Each of the calls were made by a male with a foreign accent claiming the recipients had won cash or prizes but needed to send in money to receive them. One of the calls claimed to be from the Publisher Clearinghouse while another said they were with the FBI and were distributing millions of dollars locally in unclaimed money. The other calls made similar pitches.

Fortunately none of the people who called the police department today fell for the scam. Bossier City police advise the public to warn elderly relatives and friends about this type of scam. 

Con-artists often target seniors knowing that their generation was generally raised to be polite and trusting. Con-artists will exploit these traits knowing that it is difficult or impossible for older people to say “no” or just hang up the phone. 

Persons who get these types of phone calls should simply hang up the telephone.  

While these types of scams are nothing new, the Bossier City Police Department suspects they may be occurring more frequently given the number of calls the department received today from potential victims

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