BATON ROUGE, LA –
Attorney General Jeff Landry is warning Louisiana residents about a frightening
new phone scam that has been recently reported in our State and
beyond. This scam involves con artists calling and threatening immediate
harm to family members or other loved ones if the scammers are not sent money.
In some instances, the con artists spoof the family member or friend’s phone
number so it appears on the Caller ID.
“Scams like this are designed to frighten consumers into hastily sending their money to the callers,” explained General Landry. “Anyone who receives calls like this should contact local law enforcement immediately.”
The stories used by con artists in this type of scam can vary. Some try to scare consumers into cooperating by claiming to be drug dealers or gang members who have taken a loved one hostage and others claim the loved one has been injured in an accident and demand money to pay for life-saving medical care.
General Landry offers the following tips to avoid falling victim to this type of scams: