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Man poses as Caddo deputy, asks for money to recall warrant

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CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Investigators are on the hunt for a man impersonating a deputy, in what the Caddo Sheriff's Office is calling a "phone scam" targeting local residents.

This fake deputy told a Shreveport woman she was in big trouble.  He claimed she missed grand jury duty, so a warrant was put out for her arrest.  He also claimed she owed some big fines, but offered to help her make arrangements for payment.  

Cindy Perkins described the caller as sounding very convincing. This is the text of the beginning of that call on Thursday night, April 17:  "Hi, this is Lt. Chris Jackson, warrant division, calling in regard to a grand jury duty case."

When Perkins heard the beginning of the phone call, it prompted her to stop watching television and pick up her phone.

"And he said that there was a warrant issued for my arrest and he was trying to keep me from being arrested," Perkins said.

The caller claimed Perkins then owed two fines totaling $465 for missing that grand jury duty. The catch:  the caller said they don't accept cash, credit or money orders.  

"'It'd have to be paid on a Green Dot.'  I said, 'A Green Dot card?'  He said, 'Yes, Ma'am.'  I said, 'Well, first of all, I'm not giving you any money.'"

The caller persisted, even gave her a number to call him back once she bought the Green Dot card.  Instead, she immediately called her niece, Shreveport Police Corporal Vanessa Davis.

"I talked to her for a minute and I dialed his number and he actually answered the phone as Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department Warrants Division," Davis said.

Davis became very suspicious when she asked about the name of the caller's supervisor.

"And that's when he said Steve Preture.  I'm like, 'Steve Preture?'  And it went from there and I'm like, 'No, he can't even pronounce his boss's name.  Everybody knows Sheriff Steve Prator."

Davis soon confirmed there is no Caddo deputy with the name Chris Jackson or the badge number he provided. And by this morning, here's what happens when you call the phone number the caller had given:

"The number you dialed has been changed, disconnected or is no longer in service."

Davis said the Caddo-Shreveport Financial Crimes Task Force will likely be the ones investigating this case and find the fake deputy.

In the meantime, they're asking the public to be aware that he could try to call other people trying to get their money.

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