From the Livingston Parish Sheriff's OffIce
Here’s what we know is happening now in our parish in an attempt to steal your hard-earned dollars:
>We received a credible report about an employee receiving a text message.
>The text message NOTED that the the sender was the employee’s boss.
>However, it was not sent from any of the boss’ known legit numbers.
>The sender of the text asks the employee to purchase gift cards:
5 eBay or Amazon cards for $200 each.
>After the purchase, the text sender says the employee would need to scratch off the back lining of each card to reveal PIN codes.
>The sender said those PIN codes were needed ASAP.
>The sender says the employee would be reimbursed.
Thankfully, this potential victim did not follow the text request! The potential victim instead called the actual boss, inquired about the strange text from an unknown number & asked about the gift card request.
What we learned: Several employees of this same boss were targeted in the same way. Fortunately, no one fell for this scam.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this matter...
In the meantime, don’t let the bad guys win:
*Before you make a move, verify the information with a trusted source.
*Don’t click on attached links from unknown sources.
*Report incidents to the LPSO at (225) 686-2241 x1