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Public warned of callers impersonating police

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

If you get a call from a police officer asking you to dig into your wallet, hang up the phone and call 911.  That's the message from real police who say they're seeing more cases of fake cops trying to con people out of cash.

Lt. Kara Riley with the Oro Valley Police Department says a victim claimed one of their detectives called claiming they had to pay $1,800 in order to collect on an insurance settlement with the FBI.

Riley says officers were at the victim's home taking the report when the suspect called back.

"They got there very quickly and were able to see the actual call coming in and actually spoke with the suspect.  When they identified themselves as Oro Valley police officers, the suspect hung up," says Riley.

The phone number the suspect called from indicated it was from the Oro Valley Police Department, but police suspect the culprit used a cell phone app where callers can enter an alternative number to show up on the recipient's cell phone or caller ID. 

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is currently investigation at least five similar cases where callers claimed to be Tucson Police officers.

If you have any information regarding this crime, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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