"I received a call from a number in Mexico and during the call, there was a child crying and saying, 'Help me! Mom! Mom! Help me,'" said one victim of the scam.
Officials with the FBI say scammers have been trying variations of this phone scam for years.
In one case in Leesburg, Virginia, a mother, who believed her daughter was being held by deadly kidnappers, wired the scammer nearly $10,000. The mother realized the call was a scam when her daughter then texted her during the phone call.
West Feliciana officials say numbers in St. Francisville are being called as well.
Anyone contacted by one of these scammers should not provide them with any money and should instead hang up and report the scammer to the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-784-3136.