HAMMOND, La. (WGNO) – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning of a sophisticated phone scam using the sheriff’s office phone number and the names of real officers to defraud victims.
The department’s financial crimes and cyber crimes units are both investigating the scam, according to the TPSO.
The scammers are contacting Tangipahoa residents using a program that makes it appear the call is coming from the real sheriff’s office phone number and telling the potential victims that there is a US Department of the Treasury material witness warrant for their arrest.
The victims are then instructed to use a credit card to pay large sums of money or they will face arrest.
One of the worst aspects of this particular scam is the fact that the perpetrators are identifying themselves as specific TPSO deputies.