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Be warned: People are impersonating Causeway cops in an extortion scam

The perpetrators have requested gift cards to avoid citations and arrest.
Motorist drive south across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in the direction of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, La., Friday May 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

NEW ORLEANS — The Causeway Police Department and Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission (GNOEC) are warning citizens of an ongoing extortion scam involving the impersonation of their employees.

According to a news release from the GNOEC, the perpetrators are impersonating GNOEC employees and Causeway police officers, requesting gift cards from victims to resolve alleged citations and/or avoid arrests.

The release said that neither the GNOEC nor Causeway police ever accept money in any form to address a citation or arrest, and that traffic related matters are handled by respective court jurisdictions. Any communications that involve requested money should be considered fraudulent.

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