Jan 28, 2013 5:02 PM by Blair Blanchard
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the newest scam surfacing in the area. Two incidents have been reported of an attempt to scam money by using threats over mobile phones. Victims are being told the their family members are in danger and are being held for ransom. The caller is identified as a male with a foreign accent. Both cases resulted from the victims being contacted from the same telephone number, 779-548-1198. According to authorities, after conducting an internet search it was discovered that these calls are being made across the nation and a ploy to steal your money. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office is encouraging the community to be alert and report any similar acts to authorities.