The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to beware of a telephone scam in which callers falsely pose as sheriff’s office employees and demand payment for purported debts.

Authorities have received several reports in which a caller claims to be from the Sheriff’s Office and threatens to arrest a victim if they don’t send over money immediately, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Allison Hudson said in a release.

The Sheriff’s Office does not ask for financial information over the phone, she said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-8300, extension 1.