Natchitoches Police police investigate scam that took place at a local hotel

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a scam that took place earlier today at Motel 6.

On July 22, 2020 around 5:34 a.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were dispatched to Motel 6 (7624 Highway 3110) in reference to a burglary. Upon officers arrival they were unable to locate the front desk clerk and noticed that the office door had been forced open. Officers began to search for the missing desk clerk and were told that she was last seen around 5:02 a.m. retrieving the keys for the motel’s vehicle.

After searching the area officers were able to locate the missing desk clerk in the parking lot of Wal-Mart (925 Keyser Avenue). The desk clerk told officers and detectives that she was contacted by an individual at the corporate office of Motel 6. The individual from the corporate office told the desk clerk to retrieve the money from the motel’s locked office and deposit it into her banking account. The desk clerk was then instructed to wire the money at Wal-Mart into an unknown account outside of the United States.

Below are a few ways you can avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

Always be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls or phone numbers you do not recognize.
Never give money or personal information to someone that you do not know.
Always trust your instincts. If it sounds to good to be true it more than likely is a scam.

If you have any additional information in regards to this investigation please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

11 thoughts on “Natchitoches Police police investigate scam that took place at a local hotel

  1. Motel 6… hmm, well they left the light on, but no one was home. Surprised the tooth fairy didn’t get involved.

  2. Why would you not wait until business hours or call your supervisor . Have you been asked to do this before think . Sad how old is this person.?

  3. This clerk needs a caretaker with her/him 24/7. This is just too stupid to believe anyone would fall for it.

  4. This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of. First, if she had to force open the office door to get the money, corporate offices would have known she didn’t have the authority to touch the money in there. Ah-Ha! Then she is to deposit it in her bank account. Sound fishy to you? Then she is to go to Walmart to wire the money to a bank outside the US. Do you think these people possibly had a foreign accent? And she left the lobby unattended to go do allegedly what she was told to do. Was there really a scam phone call, or did she just want some new clothes? I think even the elderly who are normally the target of such scams would not have fallen for this one. Tom Bodett, keep on telling us that Motel 6 will leave the light on for us, but please communicate to the motel chain to hire people brighter than that bulb.

    • that was awesome ! lol. Hell if there is no clerks there would
      be complete debouchry and chaos which I am down for at any

  5. #1 way not to be scammed is don’t be naïve and who leaves a hotel un supervised ?
    and who doesn’t ask questions ? your from corporate um ok ? credentials,name,location ?
    Great job by the police.

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