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Warn Against Fraudulent Arrest Warrant Phone Calls
Rouge – Following
a rash of recent complaints, Troopers wish to caution the public
about a phone scam fraudulently using the authority of the Louisiana
State Police in an effort to obtain money from victims.
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
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. In addition, Troopers encourage the use of
the "See Something, Send Something” application. It is a free
smart phone application which allows suspicious activity to be
captured as a photo and as written text and sent directly to LA-SAFE
(Louisiana’s information fusion center) where the tips and
information can be evaluated and then forwarded to law enforcement
across the state as needed.