The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office is warning local residents of a phone scam being reported throughout the parish.
Police say several people have reported receiving a phone call from an alleged Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Deputy claiming that the person has a warrant out for their or a family member's arrest. The "deputy" says that by paying a fee, the warrant will be cleared.
The scammer says the victim can purchase a money order, gift card, or cash card (prepaid debit card, Green Dot card, etc.) to give the card number over the phone, making it seem as if they've paid the fine and had the warrant dismissed.
The Sheriff's Office is reminding residents that no law enforcement agency will call to advise of a warrant and then request any kind of payment over the phone.
The scammers are able to make their call look like it's from a valid local number and, in some cases, a valid Sheriff's Office number.
Deputies say the scam is occurring across the United States.
To avoid becoming the victim of a scam, you should:
- Never give money or personal information to someone with whom you don't have ties
- Trust your instincts: hang up if a caller makes you feel uncomfortable
If you think the call may be legitimate, ask for the person's name, then contact the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-821-2100 and ask to speak to that deputy.
If you ever question the authenticity of a phone call from an alleged deputy or law enforcement officer, contact that agency as soon as possible.