Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Scammers posing as federal agents, Webster sheriff

Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton isn't threatening to arrest people for not paying the Federal Trade Commission – it's the latest scam circulating in Webster Parish.

There have been several reports in Cotton Valley and Minden of people getting calls from the federal agencies saying they owe hundreds of dollars but not explaining for what or when the debt was incurred.

A Cotton Valley woman received a call from a person with a foreign accent saying he was with the Drug Enforcement Administration and following up on an investigation, Cotton Valley Police Chief Terry Brown said.

Brown called the number, but was connected to the person's voicemail. He then contacted the Shreveport office of the DEA and no person of that name was listed in the entire agency.

Sheriff's officials said in one incident, a woman had several missed calls on her cell phone while she was at work. The caller said he was from the FTC and her debt of $400 was now $800, but would not give any details about the debt.

The caller also had some of the woman's personal information, including her social security number and email address.

The woman then received a call from someone claiming to be Sexton, who reportedly said if the debt was not paid he would send deputies to arrest her.

Sheriff's officials warn residents this is a scam and to not give any personal information over the phone.

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the sheriff's office at 377-1515.

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