Cops: Social media claims of perfume scam kidnappings are not true

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 25, 2018 - 7:06 am

Perfume wielding criminals are not abducting women in St. Charles Parish.

That's the message from the SCPSO in a Facebook post.

"Recently there has been unsubstantiated claims on social media that is expanding by people who are sharing the information on their social media sites," authorities posted. "The posts imply that a male subject is selling perfume in parking lots of businesses and requesting females to smell the fragrances. The post further alleges that once the females smell the scent, they are rendered unconscious and abducted."

Investigators say this is simply not true.

"THERE ARE NO REPORTED CLAIMS of any abductions or attempted abductions in St. Charles Parish."

Detectives say they are looking into an incident involving a man selling perfume, but there is no claim he knocked anyone out or kidnapped them.

"The reported claim of the perfume rendering females unconscious was an assumption made by the complainant due to other similar social media post that they read."

Sheriff Greg Champagne is urging people to us caution before sharing social media posts that have not been substantiated. 

"Falsehoods spread like wildfire on social media, getting quicker and longer-lasting exposure than the truth. False claims only alarm the public who experience fear in believing the information is factual. In this case, the post in question was shared repeatedly expanding fear well beyond our community."

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