Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says someone is using the sheriff’s office phone number to scam residents. He said a resident received a call from someone posing as a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy stating the US Department of the Treasury is holding a material witness warrant for their arrest and they must pay large sums of money through prepaid credit cards to clear the warrant. The caller identifies himself as a specific TPSO deputy. Sheriff Edwards wants citizens to know that no government entity operates in this manner and that government agencies do NOT accept this type of payment. The callers even sound as though they are locals with southern accents and have adopted the practice of using technology to “spoof”, or clone, the main number to governmental agencies, including the TPSO, to make the call seem more legitimate. If you’ve been contacted by one of these scammers call your local law enforcement agency right away.