Authorities are continuing to investigate an ongoing phone scam in which the caller poses as a bill collector for either the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office or LUS Fiber.

The Sheriff’s Office has been investigating numerous reports from people who said the callers identified themselves as a Sheriff’s Office supervisor and threatened arrest if the person didn’t send payment for a warrant, failure to appear at jury duty or some other unresolved issue, spokesman Capt. John Babin said.

Other scammers are posing as LUS Fiber bill collectors.

The scammers posing as Lafayette officials are asking the person to purchase a GreenDot Visa card and to provide a phone number and other personal identification information to pay the nonexistent fine by phone, Babin said.

Babin encouraged anyone who receives such a call to refuse to pay the money and immediately contact the office at (337) 232-9211.

Scammers have been using this tactic throughout Louisiana, including reported instances in St. Mary, St. Landry, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, St. Helena and Jefferson parishes.