LSP warns of phone scam involving impersonators

(WAFB) - Louisiana State Police is warning residents of a phone scam involving scammers impersonating LSP officials in order to obtain money.

Towards the end of 2017, troopers were made aware of the scam, where scammers were fraudulently using LSP's authority to get money from victims. In November of 2017, several victims said impersonators would call and made it seem like they were with LSP. The impersonator would then attempt to get the victim to provide personal information over the phone.

In a new version of the scam, impersonators call victims saying they are working on a fundraiser for either LSP or "troopers."

LSP reminds citizens to never give unsolicited callers personal information and that LSP will never ask for any type of payment, monetary donation, or personal information over the phone. Some organizations in the country do solicit monetary donations on behalf of law enforcement agencies, but LSP is not one of them. Residents should be sure to research charitable organizations before donating.

Anyone who receives one of these fraudulent calls should contact the Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Center at 225-925-4192. Scam phone calls can also be reported online here. Residents can also download the See Something Send Something app to report suspicious activity. Search for it in your app store.

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