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LPSO and VPSO warn of telephone scam in which scammer poses at law enforcement

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 17:24:53-05

The Lafayette and Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Offices are warning citizens of a phone scam in which the scammer is posing as a member of local law enforcement.

LPSO says that the scammer claims to have a warrant for the recipient’s arrest, demanding money in exchange for resolving the warrant.

They say that neither the Lafayette nor the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office seeks any type of payment over the telephone.

The forms of payment the scammer requests are most often non-traceable and non-transferable, so recovery seldom happens.

LPSO says that if you are contacted by a caller requesting money and claiming to be law enforcement, do NOT transfer any form of payment to the caller and contact law enforcement immediately.

For questions about a possible warrant or about how to make a payment for the various services offered by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, please call (337) 232-9211.

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