COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - Covington police are warning citizens about scams gaining popularity in the area.
According to Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz, two scams are becoming more common in the area.
One of the scams typically takes place on the website Craigslist. Lentz said that scammers will list properties that are legitimately available for sale or rent and pose as the owner or real estate agent to trick people interested in the property into sending them deposits in the form of a wire transfer or prepaid money card.
The second scam involves perpetrators calling their victims and pretending to be a court or IRS employee. Lentz said that the scammer then tells the potential victim that they will be arrested or have their power shut off if they don't pay an outstanding fine or bill once again using a wire transfer or prepaid money card.
Police say that all of these scams involve the victim sending money by a prepaid money card or wire transfers. No legitimate government agency or business will call someone and demand money through these means or request your personal information.
Most of these scams happen outside the US, according to police, making the recovery of funds and prosecution of the scammers very unlikely.