Louisiana State Police are warning people about a phone scam where a caller is impersonating law enforcement to try to get money from victims.

According to complaints, the callers contact a home or cellphone by using a telephone number that appears to come from the Louisiana State Police or another law enforcement agency. The caller then asks for the person by name and tells them there is an arrest warrant out for them or someone in their family.

In order to avoid being arrested or taken to prison, the victim is told to call a provided phone number and make arrangements for payment.

State Police officials say they never ask for payment over the phone or negotiate payment in lieu of an arrest.

Anyone who receives a suspected scam call is asked to contact the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations at 225-925-1739 or the Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Center at 225-925-6213. People can also report online at www.LSP.org and click on “Suspicious Activity” link.