Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
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Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says the holiday season is a prime time for scam artists looking to take advantage of consumers. Caldwell says his office receives an increased number of consumer complaints during the holidays, and consumers need to be educated about what to look out for when going shopping in the stores and online this year.
The Louisiana Attorney General's Office advises consumers to be cautious of the following holiday scams:
Fake shopping websites and online scams
There are a growing number of websites designed to trick consumers into handing over their credit card or bank account information. Many of the latest toys and gadgets are topping shopping lists this holiday season. Be extremely cautious of scam artists sending bogus Internet offers for free devices, such as iPads or iPods. Consumers may be asked to buy other products and provide their credit card information to get the free gadget. Scam artists will then use a consumer's information to make fraudulent purchases on the consumer's account.
Fake gift cards
Some social media sites have been used to promote fake gift card offers with the goal of stealing consumers' personal information. The personal information is then sold to marketers or used for identity theft. Scams may claim to offer a $1,000 gift card to a major retail store for the first 20 people who sign up for a particular "fan page." To get the gift card, consumers are usually required to provide their personal information and take a series of quizzes for the fake offer.
Scammers will tug at your heart during the holidays to solicit fraudulent donations. Common schemes include phone calls and email spam notifications asking consumers to donate to veterans' charities, children's causes and natural disaster relief funds. Before making a donation, be familiar with that particular organization and how it distributes funds.
The Louisiana Attorney General's Office urges consumers to keep these safeguards in mind this holiday season:
If a popular toy or gadget is sold out, but you find it for sale on a site like Craigslist, try arranging the transaction in person and pay close attention to user ratings and reviews of the sellers.
If prices on a site you've never heard of seem too good to be true, do a little homework before entering any credit card information.
It is easy to misplace belongings during shopping trips. Remember losing your credit and debit cards can lead to identity theft. Make sure your wallet is securely tucked away during shopping trips.
Make sure that all online purchases are made on a secure website. These will typically begin with https://.
If you need any additional information on any holiday scam or believe that you are a victim, please contact the Louisiana Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889.