Scam Alert

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating more than $20,000 worth of losses from scam calls claiming to be from the United States Marshal’s Office, according to a news release.

It’s a scam that’s been taking place across south Louisiana, according to both the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshal’s Office.

The scam involves a phone call from a local area code, where the caller says the person answering has missed jury duty, and has a warrant is out for their arrest.

The caller then informs the person answering that they can avoid arrest by sending in numbers over the phone of “Green Dot money cards” purchased valuing between $3,000 and $7,500.

The Sheriff’s Office news release stated this is not how the court handles such incidents.

“Please be aware that the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the 22nd Judicial Court system will never call you on the phone and direct you to provide such information,” it stated. “The Sheriff’s Office does not accept Green Dot money cards for payment.”

The United States Marshal’s Office said this appears to be a trend across the New Orleans area, stating that its office has “fielded a significant increase of these complaints here.”

Follow Nick Reimann on Twitter, @nicksreimann.