Don’t let lottery crooks sucker you out of your money: Sheriff
According to reports from the S.O., a Destrehan man received a letter in the mail stating that he was a winner in the e-Casino Gaming Sweepstakes Lottery.
The man, who was not identified, was told that he was one of only six winners to share $408,000 with his portion being $68,000.
Enclosed with the letter was a check for $2,950. The man was directed to deposit the check into his bank account and then wait 24 to 48 hours for the it to clear. He was also instructed to contact a “claims agent” at a European phone number.
Suspicious of a scam, the man contacted the credit union on which the check was drafted. Officials there confirmed his suspicions - the “lottery win” was the bait in a scam, and the Destrehan resident was not the only intended victim.
“At least two parish residents have been victimized by this scam,” says the sheriff.
“In one of the cases the victim was advised to cash the check and then send in a ‘commisssion’ or a ‘fee’ that was about half the amount of the check.
“In cases like this, upon recipt of the victim’s money order, the scammer quickly cashes it and absconds with the victim’s money.
“Then the victim is informed by his local bank that the original check deposited by the victim is fake. If it sounds too good to be true it most likely is,” continued the sheriff.
He urges all citizens to tread suspicious mail carefully. If something seems “funny,” call and inquire before signing anything or giving out sensitive information.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
A New Orleans man accused of kidnapping and raping a Norco woman before allegedly...
The Des Allemands man accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the 2014 Louisiana...
An attempted traffic stop by Louisiana State Police on I-310 turned into a police...
With three regular season games left, Destrehan’s mantra is simple: no matter who...
Resurfacing the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge deck isn’t just a $24.5 million upgrade,...
Those who volunteer with the St. Charles United Methodist Church Food Pantry in...
Bent's RV is a Full Service RV Dealership in Louisiana.
Hale Boggs is a ‘test bridge’ for surfacing - 1615 views
Resurfacing the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge deck isn’t just a $24.5 million upgrade, it’s the result of a 15 year experiment that determined a concrete overlay would provide much longer surface life than asphalt.