The telephone scammer was convincing, articulate and threatening — and he had a hot prospect on the phone, or so he thought.

The caller, pretending to be an IRS agent and demanding immediate payment for an old tax debt, made one major mistake — he called St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz. And the sheriff was not fooled.

The Sheriff’s Office said in the news release that the April 6 phone call, while amusing, illustrates a bigger point: Scammers can strike anyone at anytime. The department reminds residents to watch for these recently reported telephone scams:

• A man pretending to be an IRS agent demanding money.

• A man impersonating a parish detective who demands payment in order to avoid arrest by warrant.

• A man pretending to be your “grandson,” asking for money because he has been arrested in a foreign country.

“We are doing everything in our power to warn our citizens about these scammers,” Guidroz said. “If we can locate one of these criminals in our jurisdiction, you can be assured that they will do hard time. Until then, they continue to operate… using the telephone, the computer, and the mail. Be careful, don’t fall for their tricks, and no matter what… don’t send money or pay strange bills over the phone.”