Scam Alert

CPD Urges Public: Report Phone Scams

Were you contacted by someone pretending to be a Covington Police Officer? Report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

The Covington Police Department (CPD) is alerting the public of several local and nationwide phone imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be CPD Officers. CPD is urging people to report these calls to their local law enforcement office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.

During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest due to a claim of identity theft, failing to report for jury duty, fictitious warrants, or other offenses. They then tell victims they can avoid arrest by withdrawing cash and transferring it to the government, purchasing a prepaid debit card such as a Green Dot card or gift card and read the card number over the phone to satisfy the fine, mailing a money order, or by depositing cash into bitcoin ATMs.

Scammers use many tactics to sound and appear credible. They sometimes provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, and courthouse addresses. They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller IDs as if they are calling from a government agency or the court.

There have been many victims with losses in the tens of thousands of dollars. The Covington Police Department receives inquiries daily from victims and potential victims of this scam.

If you believe you were a victim of such a scam, you are encouraged to report the incident to the Covington Police Department and to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Things to remember:
  • The Covington Police Department WILL NEVER ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers, or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose.
  • NEVER divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • Report scam phone calls to CPD and to the FTC.
  • You can remain anonymous when you report.
  • Authenticate the call by calling the clerk of the court’s office of the 22nd Judicial Court or the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and verify the court order given by the caller.