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Vernon Sheriff Cautions Residents Against Phone Scam

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VERNON PARISH, La. - Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office says there's a scam involving unknown persons who are initiating telephone contact with area residents regarding alleged sweepstake winnings.

The Anacoco Police Department contacted the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office regarding area residents who have reported that they were contacted by telephone by individuals who advise that the resident is the winner of a sweepstakes.

The resident will then be asked to go to a local department store and purchase a credit card, which the resident will place money on at the time the card is purchased.  The resident will then be advised to provide the credit card number to the caller when they are next contacted.

Once the credit card number is provided to the caller, he is able to access and remove the money on the credit card without ever having to have physical contact with the resident thus committing a theft. The caller will also advise that the money on the credit card will be used to pay taxes on the winnings, and after the taxes are paid, a person will be delivering the sweepstake winnings to the resident's home.

No valid entity will request any person who has won any type of lottery or sweepstakes to provide any type of credit card information as a condition of receiving their winnings. 

Craft says residents being targeted by a man with a Jamaican accent from telephone number 876-437-9912. The caller has also been providing names of local attorneys, claiming they will deliver winnings. Residents should disregard any attorney information, Craft says. 

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