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  • MidSouth Bank Text Scam Play Video

    July 27, 2014 7:48 PM

    KATC has received several reports from people around Acadiana receiving a text message that appears to be from MidSouth Bank. The message notifies them that their "Visa #443532 has been temporarily DE-ACTIVATED." The message instructs the receiver to "Please call MidSouth Card Services 24hrs line (337) 350-3344." This message... more »
  • BBB of Acadiana Warns of Utility Scam

    February 18, 2014 7:39 AM

    The BBB of Acadiana is alerting Acadiana residents to scam utility collections calls and emails using fear tactics to scam residents. BBB of Acadiana has received calls reporting scammers claiming to be with several Acadiana utilities, including Lafayette Utilities Systems (LUS), SLEMCO, Cleco and Entergy. The scammers are... more »
  • 2 brothers arrested in Craigslist scam

    December 21, 2012 10:20 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - Two Donaldsonville brothers have been arrested after allegedly using a Craigslist ad to lure a man to Gonzales and rob him. Gonzales police Sgt. Steven Nethken told The Advocate a Baton Rouge man and his two young children responded to a Craigslist ad to purchase two... more »
  • 5 arrested in alleged check-cashing scam

    May 29, 2012 9:35 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Houma police say five Jefferson Parish residents are accused of trying to cash fraudulent checks in several cities under a fake company name. Police tell the Courier that Alicia Caston, Chelsea Jenkins, Anthony Young, Kenyan Lundy and Adam Smith tried cashing checks in Houma, Laplace and... more »
  • Scam Alert: Nigerian 419 Scam

    May 28, 2012 9:16 AM

    Opelousas Police are investigating possible scams in the area. The police department have tracked these scam artist to Nigeria, and they are targeting pre-paid debit cards. Nigerian scam 419 is the process where the victim receives an email stating that they have won a lottery. The scam artist then... more »
  • Microsoft Scam Warning from BBB Acadiana

    May 25, 2012 11:02 AM

    Better Business Bureau Alert Please pass this on to employees, friends and family BBB of Acadiana warns of fake Microsoft computer calls Computers are increasingly becoming a part of everyday life. We rely on them for everything from news, research and leisure activities such as games to online banking and... more »
  • Police claim man ran Craigslist scam

    May 18, 2012 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police have arrested a 32-year-old man accused of running a Craigslist scam. Police tells The Advocate that Charles Hilliard had, on at least two occasions, advertised his services on Craigslist as "To Hire a Mover," then stole some of his customers' possessions while... more »
  • State cautions businesses about scam

    April 20, 2012 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana businesses are being placed on alert for a scam involving the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Officials say a person recently went into a business in the New Orleans area, claimed to represent the Department of Children and Family Services and asked to update... more »
  • Police: Man posing as woman in scam

    April 11, 2012 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police are investigating a man who has posed as a woman and contacted several area high school student athletes about offering them work or money. Sgt. Don Kelly said in a news release at least three athletes have been contacted by the man... more »
  • BBB Warns of a Pishing Scam

    March 29, 2012 11:31 AM

    As of this morning, their have been numerous calls to the BBB concerning local businesses receiving 20 to 50 emails which state, "...the BBB has received several complaints concerning unauthorized transactions from private bank accounts to a corporate account." This is an attempt at identity theft and is a crime.... more »
  • Man Illegally in US Arrested in Tax Scam

    March 6, 2012 9:29 AM

    Kenner police have arrested an illegal immigrant living in LaPlace in connection with a fraudulent tax scam. Police said Tuesday that $20,000 was seized as evidence from his vehicle. Officers responding to a disturbance Friday found Marvin Baca in an argument about false W-2 forms that he sold to another... more »
  • Man gets prison time for computer scam

    February 3, 2012 9:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 41-year-old Denham Springs man has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge that he participated in a scheme to steal $157,366 from Southern University. The Advocate reports Scott D. Woodall was information technologies director... more »
  • Kenner PD warns about pre-recorded phone scam

    February 3, 2012 8:59 AM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - Some Kenner residents received pre-recorded telephone calls this week indicating that a family member was arrested or involved in a serious accident. It was a scam, according to the Kenner Police Department. A spokesman for the department said Thursday the calls are apparently an attempt to... more »
  • Family Gets Scammed into Believing Their Soldier is Dead

    August 26, 2011 7:12 PM

    Imagine hearing your solider serving overseas is dead, only later to find out, your loved one is really alive. An Opelousas family rode this emotional roller coaster and said the worst part of the whole ordeal was it was all a prank. Five months ago LaShondra Guillory left home... more »
  • Alarming Scam

    June 18, 2011 6:47 PM

    Over several months we've received calls into the KATC newsroom about a possible scam involving security alarms. KATC'S Chris Welty spent the day Friday getting answers to many of your questions. "Something about it didn't ring true, and it set off my alarm bells." A door-to-door salesman knocked... more »

    March 1, 2011 8:02 PM

    On February 22nd, Krystal Naumann of Kaplan was shopping on and found a car. "It was a really good deal! It was a Honda Accord and they were asking for fifteen hundred dollars," said Naumann. Naumann didn't waste anytime emailing the car-owner. She says the car-owner told her that... more »
  • Old, but Common Scam Hits Acadiana

    January 16, 2011 12:25 AM

    An old but common scam is hitting Acadiana...KATC'S Chris Welty caught up with one of the victims and has tips on how to protect yourself and your pocket book. "I felt violated." Ashley foster is a victim of the latest scam to hit Acadiana. Officials with the Lafayette Sheriff's... more »
  • New Scam Involves Call For Bail Money

    October 17, 2010 7:48 PM

    Lafayette Police have received at least three complaints from citizens receiving phone calls believed to be scams. The scam artists are contacting the victims and advising that a relative has been incarcerated and money is needed for bail. In one instance the victim was advised... more »
  • Lafayette Scam Advisory

    August 31, 2010 6:33 PM

    A local man is taken for several thousand dollars after giving a ride to a black male with an African accent. Police responded to the 4100 block of Johnston Street, at 12:36pm, where the victim was involved in a traffic crash while pursuing a suspect. Preliminary information obtained indicates... more »
  • Ex-Pharmacist Gets Prison for Prescription Scam

    June 25, 2010 9:24 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former pharmacist who pleaded guilty to filling fraudulent prescriptions for an illegal Internet drug company has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Fifty-six--year-old Paul Williams owned the Grand Couteau Prescription Shoppe in his hometown, Grand Couteau. Federal prosecutors said a Panamanian company paid Williams... more »
  • Man arrested for Running a Hiring Scam

    May 26, 2010 7:13 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Alexandria police have arrested a 28-year-old man they say was running a hiring scam when he was meeting with potential "employees" at a local motel. Police said about 20 men were there Monday to meet with Dereius Davis of Alexandria, who said he could hire them... more »
  • Second Warning About Medical Scam

    April 15, 2010 12:47 PM

    UPDATE: This is the second warning about this scam. St.Landry Parish already warned the public earlier this week. The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office would like to advise its citizens to be aware of a medical company that is asking for personal information. The Company asking for this information is... more »
  • Sheriff Warns of Scam in St. Landry Parish

    March 22, 2010 3:34 PM

    Sheriff Bobby Guidroz is warning the public about a new scam in St. Landry Parish. The scammers call residents, claiming to work for the local court system. The caller tells you that you've failed to report for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for... more »
  • Beware of IRS Scams

    March 17, 2010 10:51 AM

    The Internal Revenue Service issued its 2010 “dirty dozen” list of tax scams, including schemes involving return preparer fraud, hiding income offshore and phishing. “Taxpayers should be wary of anyone peddling scams that seem too good to be true,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. “The IRS fights fraud... more »
  • Sheriff Naquin warns of a credit card scam

    February 11, 2010 3:35 PM

    St. Mary Parish Sheriff David A. Naquin announced today that several people in the area have gotten phone calls either by cell or regular phones informing them of a problem with their credit or debit cards. The caller then tries to obtain card numbers and other identifying information from the... more »
  • Lafayette Police Warn Of Roofing Scam

    January 1, 2010 12:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Police in Lafayette say a crook is targeting elderly homeowners in a repair scam. The suspect targets elderly women. He tells an intended victim that her roof needs repairs, and offers to do the job Police said Wednesday that he typically asks for more than $3,000.... more »
  • Citizens Warned of Scam in Lafayette Neighborhoods

    October 30, 2009 12:26 PM

    The Lafayette Police Department has received multiple complaints of persons soliciting the sale of books in neighborhoods within the City of Lafayette. In both reported instances the suspect was a thin young white female with glasses. The suspect advises the victims that she is attempting to raise money to attend... more »
  • H1N1 Flu - Swine Flu Scams

    October 22, 2009 11:44 AM

    Swine flu has been in the news BIG TIME and that means swindlers/crooks are looking to prey on the concerned. Any period of upheaval and concern offers a chance for scammers to capitalize on fear. Here are a few swine flu scams that are currently in circulation. Swine Flu... more »

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