Sheriff's office investigates "Advance Fee Scams"

Published: Feb. 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM CST
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Beware of scams in which people or companies try to get you to send money before you receive...
Beware of scams in which people or companies try to get you to send money before you receive anything.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Detectives are investigating a scam by people pretending to be a radio personality advising of job openings at the radio station, but asking for money for uniforms.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office warns everyone should beware of "Advanced Fee Scams." This is the type of scam in which people or companies try to get victims to send money before they receive anything. Some of the incentives used include lottery winnings, job offers and government refunds. The last one is popular now, as it is tax season.

The sheriff's office said four people have fallen victim to the scam. Officials said they were contacted after three people had sent $60 each and a fourth had sent $160.

Deputies said the culprits call victims claiming to have jobs at a local radio station. They offer generous benefits with the position.

Authorities report the scammers then get the victims to provide them with personal information like their names, addresses and social security numbers.

The thieves also have the victims send money orders to someone in the New Orleans area they claim is at the head office there. Investigators said the victims are told the money is for uniforms for the job.

EBRSO said when the victims contacted the radio personality they were told there was no job offer, no New Orleans office and the radio station doesn't ask potential hires to pay for uniforms in advance.

Deputies are looking for any other possible victims of this scam.

If you or someone you know has been contacted or approached by someone with this type of offer, call the EBRSO at 389-5000.

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