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GPSO warns of "spoofing" scam

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 GRANT PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a new scam hitting the parish and beyond.

It's called "spoofing." And, the sheriff's office says they've already had a victim lose a couple thousand dollars to it.

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford (Twitter: @brookebuford) explains.

It starts with a phone call from a number you know. You recognize that number on your called ID, so you pick up. But, the person on the other line is not who you think it is.

"These scams are trying to make you comfortable by recognizing a familiar name and phone number just to get you to answer the phone," said Sheriff Steven McCain of the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office.

It's called "spoofing." And, the sheriff's office says Grant Parish has gotten hit hard in the past couple of weeks.

"We've had reports that they are using local schools, local mayors and some local law enforcement agencies," said Sheriff McCain.

Once you answer, the caller typically asks you for bank information or to buy a prepaid card and wire them money. Sometimes, the caller identifies himself as a creditor.

The sheriff's office says one of those numbers that's been spoofed recently is a local high school in Grant Parish.

"It's very scary," said Sheila Jackson, Grant Parish superintendent. "Our public trusts our school system in Grant Parish. It's not uncommon for us to conduct fundraisers. The public has always been very generous. It worries me that as trusting as the public is, that this would be something that someone would want to do - take advantage of them."

The sheriff's office believes that the calls are coming from outside of the country. They say there's really no way to fight it, only make the community aware that it's happening.

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