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Sheriff's Offices warn public about law enforcement phone scam

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Lafayette and Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Offices would like to warn citizens of a current phone scam in which the scammer is posing as a member of local law enforcement. 


The scammer claims to have a warrant for the recipient’s arrest, demanding money in exchange for resolving the warrant.


**Please be advised, neither the Lafayette nor the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office seeks any type of payment over the telephone.**


The forms of payment the scammer requests are most often non-traceable and non-transferable, so recovery seldom happens.


If you are contacted by a caller requesting money and claiming to be law enforcement, do NOT transfer any form of payment to the caller and contact law enforcement immediately. 


If you have questions about a possible warrant or about how to make a payment for the various services offered by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, please call (337) 232-9211.