ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has received reports related to a telephone scam in which the caller identification purports that the call is coming from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office (Caller ID spoofing). Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a location other than the true originating location.
One victim was told they owe money to the IRS and that it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded Green Dot Card or wire transfer. Another victim was advised that they owed money for a non-sufficient fund check that they had written in 2012. In both cases, the victims were advised that if a payment was not received immediately that they would be arrested within an hour.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office does not ask for credit card numbers, pre-paid debit card information, or other private information over the phone, if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office or any other government agency, here's what you should do:
· Do not give out any of your personal information to the caller.
· Do not purchase pre-paid money cards and give the caller the information on the cards
· Advise the caller that you will be contacting local law enforcement to report the incident
Citizens are also advised to be aware of other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from any government agency.