Gretna police warn of phony arrest warrant scam

Gretna police warn of phony arrest warrant scam
A couple lost thousands in a phone scam (Source: Raycom Media)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Grenta Police Department is warning residents not to give money over the phone to someone who claims to have a warrant out for your arrest.

The department has received numerous complaints of the scam, Chief Arthur Lawson said in a news release Saturday (April 13). According to Lawson, the callers use the names of officers who currently work for the department and demand a cashier’s check, so the warrant can “be recalled.”

Lawson said the callers are using an app that makes it appear their phone calls are coming from the Gretna Police Department. However, Lawson said the calls are not coming from the department, stating the police would “never use these types of tactics."

If you receive a call like this or have any questions, you can contact Captain Russell Lloyd at 504-329-9726.

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