The Bank Examiner
examiner scam is one of the most popular financial scams. This
crime involves a con artist posing as bank security, a bank
examiner or any other financial official. The criminals prey on
trusting citizens and will ask you to help catch a dishonest
teller working at your local bank. The con artist will ask you
to meet him or her after you have withdrawn money from a given
account. They’ll then ask you to hand over the cash and give
you a phony receipt. You are assured that all of your money
will be placed back in the bank with this receipt, which is
never true since bank examiners would never ask to use your
money in an investigation.
or someone you know ever receives a call or solicitation that
sounds similar to the bank examiner scam, it is important that
you call the Kenner Police Department to report the crime.
operators all over the world design bogus lotteries in an effort
to get U.S. consumers to send them money. The scam begins when
the victim receives a telephone call or a letter in the mail
stating that they have won a large sum of money. All the victim
needs to do to claim the prize is to pay the lottery company a
small percentage of the winnings so that the funds can be
released. It is a scam. DO NOT give out your bank
account number, credit card number or any other personal
Solicitations made by international lottery companies violate
federal law. It is also against the law to participate in a
foreign lottery. If you receive what looks like something from
a foreign lottery company, give it to your local postmaster.
artists use a variety of ways to deceive their victims, and the
telephone is one of the most popular methods of doing so. One
such scam, where an unknown subject calls regarding an
outstanding credit card balance, is becoming more and more
common in the metro area. The victims in these scams are
usually senior citizens.
typically happens is that the caller will advise the victim of a
large, unpaid balance and offer to make the problem go away if
the victim will pay them a certain amount. They’ll offer to
meet the victim someplace or call back after giving the victim
time to think about it. If you believe you’ve been contacted by
a con artist, report them to the Kenner Police Department
The Shell Game
shell game, or hidden ball game, has been around for generations
yet still continues to lure victims into giving up money. The
scam begins when an individual approaches the victim and asks
them if they want to play a fun game. This individual, called
the tosser, will present three shells or cups, a small board of
some type and a ball.
tosser will place the ball under one of the cups, switch their
positions several times, and ask the victim to locate the ball.
To gain the victim’s confidence, the tosser will allow the
victim to win a game or two, and tell them that they could have
won some money. Then the tosser will pull out some cash to show
the victim what they could have won had they bet some money of
tosser will usually be joined by a shill – an individual who
poses as a spectator or another player. The shill’s job is to
win the game and get others to play after seeing how easy it is
to win. The game, however, is a scam and there is no way to
win. Once the victim places a bet with his or her money, the
con artist has already won. The game is rigged and the victim
will never be able to find the ball under the cup.
types of games are prevalent in populated areas, such as
shopping malls. If you witness one of these scams or become a
victim yourself, notify the Kenner Police Department at once.