EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux is warning residents about a phone scam involving a caller claiming to be from the Sheriff's office.
Gautreaux says that his office has received numerous reports about a telephone scam where the caller claims to be a deputy from EBRSO in reference to an outstanding warrant. The caller then ask the resident to pay the fees in order to avoid jail time. They are then given instructions on how to obtain a money gram and to transfer the money.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office wants residents to know that they do not initiate contact with residents of any kind. They also will not ask for any personal or financial information over the phone.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office or from any other government agency and believe it may be a scam, Gautreaux recommends doing the following:
- Do not give out any personal information to the caller.
- Do not give any form of payment over the phone, including pre-paid money cards.
- Advise the caller that you will be contacting local law enforcement to report the incident.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from EBRSO or any other law enforcement agency and believe it may be a scam, you are asked to report the incident at 225-389-5000.
There have been reports of this same type of scam in other parishes.
Last week, Sheriff Jeff Wiley of Ascension Parish warned residents about a telephone scam involving someone claiming to be a deputy with APSO.
The scam is currently being investigated by the Attorney General's Office.