Law enforcement in Ascension Parish warning the public about scammers impersonating officers
ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Both the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Gonzales Police Department are warning the community about multiple telephone scams circulating throughout the parish.
Officials said people are impersonating deputies using an APSO phone number and requesting cash and electronic transfer of cash payments for subpoenas, warrants, and tickets.
“I think they’re (scammers) just kind of throwing out a fishing hook, to see if we can catch somebody that will fall victim to this scam,” said Donovan Jackson, Public Information Officer for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The agency stresses that they will never contact and request any form of cash payments over the phone for subpoenas, warrants, or tickets.
“Especially if you do have a ticket or you do have a warrant out, it may kind of catch you off guard and say, oh wait a second, I do have this situation out and they’re saying they’re going to arrest me, let me hurry up and pay this,” said Jackson.
APSO says if you receive a phone call that sounds suspicious, hang up.
The Better Business Bureau calls this a law enforcement imposter scam, where thieves usually tell you to resolve something immediately by sending them a fee.
The BBB urges people to:
Don’t give in to pressure
- Never send money to strangers
- Don’t answer messages from strangers
- Guard your personal information carefully, like your address, banking information, and social security number.
“You may fall victim if you’re not alert. But we want to let you know, we will not call you and demand you to make a payment over the phone or you will be arrested. Tat’s not how we will handle that sitation,” said Jackson.
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