ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) is warning residents of a scam circulating the area.

The sheriff’s office said the scam involves the caller impersonating a deputy and using an APSO phone number to ask for cash payments regarding subpoenas, warrants, or tickets.

“Our agency will NEVER contact you and request any form of cash payment (ex: GreenDot, CashApp, Venmo, PayPal) over the phone for subpoenas, warrants, or tickets,” APSO said. “If you receive a phone call that sounds suspicious, HANG UP!!! You can always call our main number at (225) 621-8300 if you need to contact any of our offices.”

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers the following tips to avoid falling victim to this type of scam:

  • Stay calm. If you receive any of these impostor calls, resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is or how threatening or intimidating the caller sounds.
  • Don’t reply directly. Don’t respond to the call, text, or email. Instead, call the company or person directly to verify the message that was sent or the phone call received.
  • Go to the source or get help. When in doubt, call a friend, loved one or your local BBB to ask for a second opinion. Regardless of what is said in the phone conversation, tell someone.

Scams can be reported to the BBB at bbb.org/scamtracker.