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LIVINGSTON -- Phone scammers are trying a new tactic involving the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to a sheriff’s spokeswoman.

“A couple of hard-working Livingston Parish residents received phone calls from scammers ‘phishing’ for personal information,” said Lori Steele, sheriff’s spokeswoman.

“This person, or persons, is spoofing our LPSO number — which is (225) 686-2241,” Steele said.

Caller ID shows the Sheriff’s Office number, leading the recipient to believe the call is from the office.

“The person on the phone says they are a deputy with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office,” Steele said. “Then, they try to obtain personal information.”

Steele offered some blunt advice.

“Do not give out your personal information. Jot down any details and report it to the ‘real’ LPSO,” she said. “Call us.”

“No one has fallen for this trick,” Steele said. “Our goal is to keep it from happening to you. Stay alert, Livingston Parish.”

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