Unsurprisingly, there has been a surge in identity theft during the pandemic due to stimulus checks and increased unemployment. Louisians have also been victims of online love scams as well as cryptocurrency scams that have skyrocketed to $1.6 million in the US.
According to the website Social Catfish, which monitors fraud, 4,428 people in Louisiana lost $43 million to scammers. That’s up from $27 million in 2020. We just seem to be getting dumber.
“If you look at the numbers in Louisiana, the average victims lost was about $9,000, which when you really think about it is an amazing number,” said David McClellan, CEO of Social Catfish.
Romance cheating is also a scammer’s paradise. McClellan stated that three out of four romance scam victims have college degrees. But they may be at a vulnerable point in their lives, making them easy targets for scammers.
“Love scams, like humans, have been nurtured over a six to nine month period, which is really amazing,” McClellan said.
It really isn’t difficult to make sure that you don’t fall victim to an online scam. Rule number 1 is: trust nobody. Never give out personal information to anyone online unless you are absolutely sure who you are dealing with. Online scammers have become masters at making emails look legitimate, using company logos and fancy designs to trick you into believing you can trust them. However, if your bank needs information from you, they will not request that information via email.
And when it comes to romance scams, you can use a reverse image search to ensure that the person you are communicating with is actually who they say they are.
Caddo Parish Violent 9/16-9/18 (Mug Shots)
The mugshots below are violent offenders posted at Caddo Correctional Center over the weekend. All persons depicted are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Bossier Parish violent offenders 9/1-9/20
The following mug shots of those posted in Bossier Parish Max. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty
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