Police imposters take money from Tucsonans - Tucson News Now

Police imposters take money from Tucsonans

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate claims of police imposters requesting money and financial information, scamming Tucsonans out of a lot of money.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has received many reports about attempted fraudulent activity in which a caller claims to be a Tucson Police Department officer or detective.

Sheriff's Deputy Tom Peine said one anonymous victim has been scammed out of a large amount of money. Detectives with the Sheriff's Fraud Unit are continuing this investigation, along with a string of cases.

According to the victims, the suspected callers purport that they need personal financial information as part of an ongoing police investigation, and also use many different scenarios.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department says law enforcement officers would never ask victims for money. In a case where currency may be needed for evidence purposes, officers or detectives would be present to identify themselves as law enforcement.

Tucson Police Department Public Information Officer Maria Hawke said any citizen can request the badge or payroll number from an officer to confirm their law enforcement status.

"This is especially true in cases where the contact is made entirely over the phone," Hawke said. "By Department policy, all of our personnel are required to immediately provide their name and badge number if requested."

Confirmation can be found by calling the department's non-emergency line at (520) 791-4444.

"A legitimate TPD employee will not only be willing to provide their name and badge number, but also will provide a phone number that a citizen can call to get back in touch with them after confirmation of their identity is completed," Hawke said.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.

UPDATE Wednesday, 4:30pm: 

Deputy Peine says five victims have come forward so far, one has had a "substantial" amount of money taken because of this scam. The caller is a male, who has provided a fake badge number to victims. One victim has met with the suspect or suspects in person. 

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