Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is warning business owners and residents about the most recent scam that has already hit at two Lafourche businesses. In this new scam, a male subject posing as a Western Union worker contacts a business with a Western Union machine and has employees transfer money to an account thinking it is part of routine maintenance.
In the most recent incident, deputies responded to a Raceland store last week and made contact with the store manager. The manager said that an unknown male subject, claiming to be a representative of Western Union, had contacted the store and had a store employee wire thousands of dollars into an account. The male subject indicated that he was performing a systems check of the Western Union machine at the store location. According to the manager, the male subject on the phone instructed the employee to input certain codes on the Western Union machine to override fraud warning requirements, and then conducted five transactions.
Sheriff Webre is encouraging business owners who have Western Union machines in their establishment to educate employees about this scam and report any such phone call to the Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office.
Just like with other telephone scams where the criminal is calling you, you can always take down their information and contact the company directly to ensure the person calling is a legitimate employee, especially when they are asking for money to be transferred, said Sheriff Webre.