’Tis the season for fraudulent activity, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi, president of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.

And Stassi wants all residents to take a vigilant approach to the scams that have become commonplace during the holiday season.

He said he has received numerous complaints that “change-of-address cards have been fraudulently submitted to the post office.

“Some people, unbeknownst to them, are getting a change-of-address at the post office, going to different states,” he said.

“I’ve talked to the local postmaster and told them to be leery of these people. You can do it now without talking with the people.”

Stassi referred to one resident who said he has received mail and emails with notification that accounts have been opened in his name at out-of-state banks and loan companies.

The resident said he filed with identitytheft.gov and froze his credit reports from all three credit bureaus, but the notices keep coming.

Residents who have not received mail on a normal schedule in recent weeks, should contact the United States Postal Service at (800) 275-8777 or visit their website at www.usps.com, or contact the local post office to confirm their address.