Sheriff’s Office warns public of scams during tax season

Criminal scammers are at it again due to income tax return season.
Deputies have received several calls today in reference to fraudulent persons identifying themselves as being with Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office attempting to defraud potential victims in lieu of arrest.
According to reports, it appears the suspect is calling from our Kolin Substation 318-484-7350.
Of course, as we have said many times before, law enforcement will never call you soliciting money to collect money or prevent an arrest.
Anytime you receive a call like this and the person is requesting you get a prepaid Visa or gift card from a business to pay ANYTHING, it is a scam.
Once the criminal has the code off of the card they can access the money instantly.
Anytime you receive a call like this, hang up on the person and block their phone number.
Please share this information with your friends and family and remember-stay vigilant and refuse to be a victim!