Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scams

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has received several reports related to a telephone scam in which the caller identification purports that the call is coming from a deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Sheriff Jeff Wiley.

The victims are being told that they are receiving the call on behalf of the APSO and an officer of the APSO advises that they need to pay a fine or be jailed for 20 days. Victims are then given instructions on obtaining a money gram to transfer funds.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office does not ask for credit card numbers, pre-paid debit card information, or other private information over the phone, if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office or any other government agency, here’s what you should do:

• Do not give out any of your personal information to the caller.

• Do not purchase pre-paid money cards and give the caller the information on the cards

• Advise the caller that you will be contacting local law enforcement to report the incident

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office does not initiate contact with citizens by telephone or email to request financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar 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 agency, and you feel it is a scam, you should report the incident immediately to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225)621-8300, extension 1 or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.