Sheriff Woods wants to warn everyone about a scam occurring in the area.
We have received two reports of a caller contacting relatives of someone incarcerated in the Jeff Davis Parish jail and asking for money to bond the inmate out. The scammer uses Cash App or gift cards (Green cards) to obtain the funds from the victim's.
Scammers can easily obtain information on inmates from the jail website and use that to fool the victim in believing they are official.
Please do not provide any personal information or fall for a scam where a person initially contacts you by phone or email. No one from the Sheriff's office will call you asking for money to be sent by an app or ask for you to go and purchase gift cards, Green cards, or any type money card.
If you receive a call from someone, ask for a call back number, if they won't give one it's definitely a scam. Report the call to your local police or Sheriff Office.
Do NOT send money by cash app or with Gift cards. If you have concerns or want to report a scam call, please contact us at (337) 821-2100.