Ascension Parish deputies warn of phone scam
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says they have received several reports about a telephone scam in which the scammers pretend to be APSO deputies and threaten the victim with jail time unless they send money.
Sheriff Jeff Wiley of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says the victims report receiving a call on behalf of the APSO during which an "officer" of the APSO advises the victim that they must pay a fine or be jailed for 20 days. The scammers then provide instructions on how to transfer funds via electronic wire transfer.
Sheriff Wiley said the sheriff's office does not ask for credit card numbers, pre-paid debit card information or other private information over the phone. He says if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office or any other government agency, keep the following in mind:
-Do not give out any of your personal information to the caller
-Do not buy pre-paid money cards and give the information on the cards to unverified third parties
-Tell the caller that you will contacting local law enforcement in order to report the incident
Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish do not initiate contact with citizens via telephone or email to request financial information or payment. This includes any type of electronic communication, including text messages and social media channels. Further, the APSO does not ask for PINs, passwords or any other confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, or any other law enforcement agency, and you feel like you have been the target of a scam, report the incident immediately to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-8300, extension 1 or by texting 847411 from any cellular device to their anonymous tip line.