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Monday, November 19, 2012 09:54 PM

In the interest of public safety, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office would like to make the public aware of telephone scams that have recently occurred in Jefferson Parish.

On November 18th, 2012, around 10:00 am, First District Patrol Officers were dispatched to an unidentified address in Metairie relative to a miscellaneous complaint. In this complaint, a resident notified the JPSO that earlier that morning, around 7:20, the victim reported receiving a phone call from a blocked number. The caller spoke Spanish and asked if she had a husband, which she told the caller yes. The caller then asked the victim for her husband name, which she replied providing her husband's name. It was at that point the caller stated, “your husband was involved in a car accident with my brother and he is hurt. The caller then stated, we have your husband and if you don’t send us one thousand dollars we are going to kill him”.

The victim became frightened an advised the caller that she did not have one thousand dollars which the caller was asking for. The caller continued by questioning the victim as to how much money did she have. She told the caller she only had three hundred dollars. The caller advised that he would stay on the phone with her and instructed her to go to a nearby Western Union location to wire the money to him. The victim went to a supermarket in the200 block of Veterans Blvd, where she wired three hundred dollars to a person who identified himself as Carla Jimenez in Puerto Rico. The victim was provided with a confirmation number 8194008438 and was instructed to rip up her receipt, which she did, hence the caller hung up. It was soon thereafter, the victim's husband called her, and after being told of the phone call she received and what had taken place, her husband instructed her that he was not involved in any accident and that she should call the JPSO to make a report. Efforts are underway for us to identify the true identity of the caller as well as the exact location from where the call originated. Being that the call was out of this area, we will ask for the FBI’s assistance in investigating this incidents. Shortly after receiving the above complaint, our 911 Center began receiving several other 911 calls reporting phone incidents similar in nature.

With the holidays quickly approaching, we would like to remind everyone that con artists use a number of scams during these holiday periods, especially since many of us are on the go and not easily reachable, to try and persuade victims to surrender their personal property and or money. Never provide personal information to anyone whom you do not know. If you should receive a phone call that seems unusual or, you are approached by a stranger threatening or offering to give you something, please call 911 immediately!

Colonel John N. Fortunato
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
504-363-5521 O

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