The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office is warning the public of criminals posing as IRS agents in an attempt to steal money as several people are expecting checks in the mail or direct deposit as a result of the stimulus package.

"Sadly, there is a criminal element already poised to hurt people at the most vulnerable time of their lives," says Public Information Officer Drew David. "The scammers are posing as IRS agents and contacting the public by phone or email informing them that their personal and bank information is needed so their Stimulus Check can be direct deposited. The IRS has all of your pertinent information already so there is no need for them to contact you in this way.”

If anyone receives such a call or email please contact the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office and report it.