Scam uses name of LSU great to solicit bogus loans
BATON ROUGE - Police warned of a scam where someone is using the name of former LSU star Collis Temple, Jr., to solicit loans.
Police said a man is calling area businesses, claiming to be Temple and asking for money for various causes. Temple said people have told him they have agreed to giving the caller money, who promises to repay them in a few days. Temple said he believes there are numerous victims who paid the scammer hundreds of dollars.
"It's just a strange thing, it's really unfortunate," he said in an interview with WBRZ News 2 Thursday evening. "I feel terrible that the guy would think that he could do this and get away with doing something like this."
Temple, a strapping former basketball player for LSU, is not someone you'd want to cross on the street. He warned the scammer that it would be in his best interest to meet with police instead of meeting him somewhere.
Investigators said the caller never goes to the businesses to collect the money, but sends runners.
People who believe they were victims of the scam should call Baton Rouge Police.
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