Sheriff’s office warns of scam

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area.

Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller, who may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk to void the warrant and avoid arrest. The fraudster further states if the issue is not resolved immediately they will spend the Christmas holidays in jail.

This is a scam! Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that the majority of the time a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials; however, in some circumstances a law enforcement official may call you if you have a warrant but under no circumstance will that officer ever ask for money or any form of payment.