ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office wants to warn residents about a recent phone scam.
According to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, they have received several reports about a telephone scam in which the call identification says that the call is coming from a deputy at the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Victims of the scam say they were told that they were receiving a call on the behalf of APSO. The officer then advises them that they need to pay a fine or face being jailed for 20 days. They are then given instructions on how to obtain a Money Gram to transfer funds.
Sheriff Wiley says if you receive a phone call from anyone claiming to be from APSO or any other government agency here are some tips:
- 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.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office wants residents to know that they do not initiate contact with anyone to request personal or financial information.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Department or any other agency and believe it may be a scam, you should report the incident immediately to APSO at 225-621-8300, extension 1, by texting 847411 to their anonymous tip line or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).