The Natchitoches Police Department would like to make citizens aware of a phone SCAM. Scammers call from a phone number that appears to be the Police Department’s dispatch phone number (318)352-8101. The scammers then advise whoever answers that their family member has been arrested and they are to get money orders and/or Wal-Mart gift cards in order to pay the fines.
The Natchitoches Police Department would never ask you to purchase a gift card to pay a fine or bond fee. NPD police communications officers will not call you about an arrest.
Please pass this information on to friends and family as this scam has reached other states.