BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says that recently his office has been receiving reports about a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be an EBRSO Deputy calling in reference to an outstanding warrant. The caller then tells the resident they need to pay a fee in order to avoid jail time.
Deputies say the caller then gives the resident directions to get a money gram or another form of payment to transfer funds.
EBRSO, warned residents about the same scam back in June. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported the same scam as well. Previous incidents have been reported and investigated by the Attorney General's Office.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office wants residents to know that they do not ask for credit card numbers, pre-paid debit card information or private information over the phone.
If you receive a call from someone calling from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office or any other government agency, Gautreaux recommends 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.
EBRSO says they do not initiate contact with citizens by phone, email, text message or social media to request financial information.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with EBRSO or any other agency and believe that it may be a scam, you should report the incident immediately by calling 225-389-5000.