Jul 14, 2014 5:10 PM
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is warning area residents of three new separate scams being reported in our area.
Arrest Warrant Scam
Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to their failure to appear for jury duty. The caller, who claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Warrants division, instructs the victim to provide a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.
Reminder to residents: a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials. If anyone believes they may have been contacted by these scammers, please contact CPSO Lt. Detective Rick Burrell at 491-1352.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Cyber Crimes Center Scam
CPSO Vice detectives received information regarding another scam to extort money from victims in the name of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Cyber Crimes Center.
This scam is believed to be connected to a virus that is automatically installed on the victims' computer after opening a file or attachment in an email, or simply clicking on a compromised website. Once installed, the user's computer immediately locks and a bogus message appears on the screen stating the computer has been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. To unlock their computer and to avoid other legal consequences, the user are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.
This is a scam, not a legitimate communication from ICE. If you have received this message, do not pay any money or provide any personal information. Instead contact CPSO Lt. Detective Rick Burrell immediately at 491-1352. (See attachment)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Email Scam
Several complaints have been received regarding businesses that have been contacted by fraudulent email accounts appearing to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The email advises, following an investigation using the FBI Intelligence Monitoring Network System, it was discovered the user has been scammed and has been approved to receive approximately $800,000 in compensation.
The users are instructed to pay $2,500 worth of required fees, which include deposit and cashier's check conversion fees, via wire transfer or prepaid money card, in order to receive their compensation.
Anyone receiving such emails should not respond to the email in anyway, but report the incident to the FBI immediately online at www.ic3.gov.
Here are some tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:
· Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly
· Verify the information before sending any money
· Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. Keep in mind that wiring money is like giving cash-once you send it, you cannot get it back.