Claiborne sheriff alerts residents to check, fraud scams

Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 12:44 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2016 at 12:50 PM CDT
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(Source: Claiborne sheriff's office)
(Source: Claiborne sheriff's office)
(Source: Claiborne sheriff's office)
(Source: Claiborne sheriff's office)

CLAIBORNE PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Claiborne sheriff's office is alerting residents to check and fraud scams that have surfaced in the parish.

As evidence, the sheriff's office is sharing a check and a letter mailed to a Claiborne resident as examples. "They may look real, but please do not fall victim to this," says a posting by the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office offers these tips:

  • Be very critical of unsolicited telephone calls from phony businesses, banking institutions, foreign countries or government agencies where promises or threats are made.
  • Numerous fraud schemes involving mortgage assistance, outstanding tax collection, foreign government assistance and even to companies promising to return money lost are impacting citizens throughout the country.
  • These scams almost always request money be paid up front for services, or the threat of arrest, eviction or property seizure is made.

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