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Apr 16, 2013 9:21 PM by Robby Messer

Warning about police imposter

TUCSON - The Pima County Sheriff's Department is warning the public about people posing as law enforcement to get money or personal information.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Fraud Unit are investigating a string of cases in which an individual called the victims and claimed to be an officer or detective with the Tucson Police Department.

Using a variety of scenarios, the person asked the victim to provide them with cash or personal financial information. They claim the request is in relation to an ongoing investigation and then use different approaches to solicit either money or personal information.

The most recent victim was reported Tuesday night and the victim was out a significant amount of money.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department would like to use this opportunity and clarify that law enforcement officers would never ask victims for money.

Should currency ever be needed as evidence deputies, officers or detectives will be present and be able to clearly identify themselves as law enforcement.

These types of requests would never be made over the phone.

The Sheriff's Department spoke to Tucson Police which released a statement saying "any citizen who wishes to confirm that a person self-identifying as a Tucson Police Officer is in fact affiliated with the Tucson Police Department to request the badge or payroll number from the person. This is especially true in cases where the contact is made entirely over the phone. By Department policy, all of our personnel are required to immediately provide their name and badge number if requested."

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