OPSO warns of Facebook scam involving COVID-19

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office wants to let residents know of a Facebook scam.

They say they are investigating a Facebook post where a legitimate account in the name of Mark Parker was hacked.

They go on to say:

The post is asking for donations to help supply area first responders with various sanitizers, gloves and other equipment as local agencies supplies have been depleted.

This is a SCAM. The post is completely false and is designed to defraud residents of cash or goods by taking advantage of their generosity and desire to help local first responders. Delete this post if you see it on your page.

Be wary of any future posts, particularly of this nature during COVID-19, and confirm the authenticity of any group soliciting money or goods from you before you donate.

While this particular one involves social media, be aware SCAMS will be attempted by phone and other means as well.