Citizens warned against scammers posing as police

The Natchitoches Police Department has been made aware of scammers who are attempting to defraud citizens out of money by posing as police officers.  This is a common phone scam and the suspects are “spoofing” the phone number of the Natchitoches Police Department and are using the actual names of our officers.  When scammers spoof a phone number it appears on the recipient’s caller ID as if the call is coming from the police department.

The Natchitoches Police Department would never contact any citizen in an attempt to receive any money for fine payment or for active warrants over the phone.

Anyone who receives a phone call from a scammer should never give them any personal information and should end the call immediately.

Anyone who’s received a fraudulent phone call from a scammer posing as a police officer or anyone wanting to report suspicious activity, contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101.  Remember all information given shall remain confidential.  

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

Report tips anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on a smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388.  All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.