May 20, 2014 12:02 PM
Troopers are warning the public about a phone scam fraudulently using the authority of the Louisiana State Police in an effort to obtain money from victims.
According to citizen complaints, the impersonators contact the home or cell phone of potential victims by using a call that gives the appearance of originating from Louisiana State Police or possibly another local law enforcement agency. The fraudulent caller proceeds to address the potential victim by name and inform them that they or a family member has an arrest warrant and is wanted by Troopers. Subsequently, in order to avoid arrest and/or imprisonment the victim must then call the provided phone number and make arrangements for payment.
Troopers stress that citizens should never give unsolicited callers any personal information and the Louisiana State Police would never ask for payment over the phone or negotiate payment in lieu of arrest.
Troopers urge citizens who receive suspected fraudulent calls to contact the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations at 225-925-1739 or the Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Center at 225-925-6213.
The Louisiana State Police on-line reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting www.LSP.org and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.