OUR TURN: Phishing Scam

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - This month, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system revealed that one of its employees fell for a "phishing" scam, wiring more than $40,000 to bogus people and addresses in the New York City area.

In hindsight, the losses reflect very poorly on Catherine Fletcher, the chief business operations officer for the school system who is the one who fell for the scam.

Superintendent Warren Drake was quoted in the Advocate as saying that he is still reviewing the matter. What this situation brings to light is the cleverness of the people who are perpetrating these scams and the fact that nobody is safe.

If you think of all the places where you could go to rip somebody off for big money, East Baton Rouge public schools is not the first place that comes to mind.

When it comes to any financial transaction, we all need to be skeptical. We need to be more vigilant about sharing private information and we especially need to be helpful to senior citizens or anyone else who might be more of a target for these lowlifes.

That's "Our Turn." Now, it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, visit us on Facebook or send an email to yourturn@wafb.com.

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