Scammers are targeting social security recipients and their bank accounts.
Here's how it works. Thieves will get a hold of a person's full name and bank account number.
Then they'll re-route the benefits to their own accounts and prepaid debit cards. This scam is popping up more just as the agency prepares to phase out paper checks and switch all beneficiaries to direct deposit. In Louisiana, 91% of all social security recipients receive direct deposit.
In Acadiana, Lafayette Parish leads, with 91% receiving direct deposit. But it only accounts for about 81% of all payments in Evangeline Parish.