JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — The Jefferson Parish government is warning residents of an imposter Facebook Messenger account that is reportedly asking for money.

In a news release, parish leaders said the fake Messenger account posing as "Jefferson Parish" and sending requests for funds was discovered Thursday.

"Jefferson Parish will never send you a message via Facebook regarding a fundraiser or to ask you for money," the statement said.

Parish government says residents should disregard any messages received through Facebook Messenger from a profile claiming to be Jefferson Parish. If you do get one of these messages, they ask you to report it to Facebook immediately. 

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