NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a potential scam that is making the rounds.

According to the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, “Scammers are identifying themselves as leaders of specific churches and soliciting funds by way of gift cards for cancer patients.”

The scam has been documented everywhere from Pierre Part to Baton Rouge.

APSO said the scammers are “targeting religious denominations in the parish.”

So how does the scam work?

According to the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, “Scammers request that the victim purchase the gift card and then send the scammer a photo of the gift card.”

Do not send a photo of a gift card with money on it to anyone.

APSO said, “Once you send them the photo of the gift card, you have just become the latest scammed victim.”

All the scammer needs is the numbers on the prepaid gift card.

The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office has this message for residents:

We urge all resident’s to disregard any such calls as these attempts are a total fraud aimed at stealing your money. As always, Sheriff Falcon requests that you report this type of activity immediately by calling our Communications section at 985-369-2912.