BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police are warning citizens about scammers claiming to be collecting money on behalf of LSP.
Troopers say they were made aware of the scam around the end of 2017.
According to State Police, the scammers contact potential victims with a number that gives the appearance that it is originating from Louisiana State Police. The caller pretends that they are law enforcement and attempt to get the caller to share their personal information over the phone.
Recently, State Police say citizens have received calls from scammers claiming that they are working on a fundraiser for either Louisiana State Police or "Troopers".
State Police stress that they would never ask for any type of payment, monetary donation or personal information over the phone.
They also stress not to give any of their personal information to unsolicited callers.
In Covington, the Police Department is warning the public of a recent uptick in telephone scams about unpaid utility bills. The scam involves a caller posing as a representative of a utility company, threatening to shut off services if the victim does not immediately give them payment information over the telephone, according to Police Chief Tim Lentz.
Police are reminding residents and businesses never to give account or credit card information to someone over the telephone. Legitimate utility companies will already know your account numbers and should never call you demanding payment over the telephone.
Lentz advises that rather than give your information to someone posing as a utility provider, make payments through an established method that you have used in the past. If you receive this type of call, contact your provider directly, through a published telephone number or website.
If you received a suspected fraudulent call, contact the Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Center (LA-SAFE) at (225) 925-4192. You can also submit a report using at the Louisiana State Police online reporting system at http://la-safe.org/.