There are scams that are being perpetrated across our state each day, and many people fall victim to these crimes.

Officials with the Acadia Parish Crime Stoppers program want to remind residents that often scammers will try to make you believe you are in trouble in order to get your money and/or information.

There are so many scams that are circling all the time in Acadiana according to Chris Babin of the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana in our many interviews with him. The following is a list of some of the scams that are happening often in our area:

  • You may get a call/text saying you missed your day in court.
  • You may get a call/text saying you have a loved one in jail.
  • You may get a call/text saying you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service.
  • You may get a call/text saying you didn't pay a ticket.

These are only a few of the scams that are tried each day in Acadiana. Acadia Parish Crime Stoppers say that scammers will use all the technology out there to try to get you to turn over your money or give up your private information. They are asking everyone to think before you act.

They remind residents that con artists want you to listen to their pitch for as long as possible, so they can convince you that they are telling the truth. Don't fall for it.

One of the tipoffs that they are trying to run a scam on you is that they pressure you into acting immediately. If someone is pushing you to send them money right away or give up your information right away, then it's probably a scam. Just hang up the phone. Don't respond to numbers you are not familiar with, and then you don't have to deal with their lies.

Officials with the Acadia Parish Crime Stoppers program also remind you never put money on any kind of gift card and send it to them.