East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish authorities are warning residents about a telephone scam in which a caller claiming to be a deputy demands money to pay a fine.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Ascension Sheriff Jeff Wiley said their offices have received several reports related to the scam. Such scams have also been reported in other parishes and are being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office.
Caller identification purports the call is coming from a deputy with the sheriff’s office, and victims are told they need to pay a fine or be jailed for 20 days, according to a news release. Victims are then given instructions on how to transfer funds.
Both sheriffs said their offices do not initiate contact with residents by telephone, email, text or social media to request financial information, including credit card numbers, ID numbers, passwords, pre-paid debit card information or other private information.
They said anyone receiving such a call should refuse to provide personal information and inform the caller the incident will be reported to local law enforcement.
Gautreaux asks that any East Baton Rouge incidents be reported immediately to his office at 389-5000.
Wiley asks that any Ascension Parish incidents be reported immediately to his office at (225) 621-8300, extension 1 or by texting 847411 to an anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).