The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has received two reports of a telephone scam in which residents receive a call from someone claiming to be an EBR Sheriff’s deputy calling about outstanding warrants.
The caller then asks the resident to pay fees to avoid incarceration. People are then given instructions on obtaining a money gram or some other form of payment to transfer funds. According to the Sheriff’s Office, this is a common scam that Sheriff Sid Gautreaux warned residents about in June.
The Sheriff’s Office does not ask for credit card numbers, pre-paid debit card information or other private information over the telephone, a news release said.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the EBRSO 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; and advise the caller you will be contacting local law enforcement to report the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office does not initiate contact with residents by telephone or email to request financial information, said Gautreaux. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media.
Gautreaux advises reporting suspected scams immediately by calling (225) 389-5000.
These types of scams have been reported in other parishes and are being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office, the news release stated.