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Scammers pose as officers, demand fines from victims

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Scammers pretending to be law enforcement officers are calling residents and demanding they pay fines for alleged traffic violations.

A number of residents in Flagstaff and Coconino County received the calls over the weekend, said Flagstaff police Sgt. Cory Runge.

The scammers identify themselves as a current local law enforcement officer. They call the resident by name and say that the resident or an immediate family member had received a photo radar ticket or red light violation and were fined.

They then request payment for a fine on the alleged violation on behalf of Flagstaff City's Traffic Court.

Neither the Coconino County Sheriff's Office nor the Flagstaff Police Department solicit payment for fines for violations, Runge said. 

Officers and deputies do not collect fines, fees, or request payment on the telephone, internet, or at a residence, Runge added. 

People with any knowledge about the crimes are asked to contact the Flagstaff Police Department at 928-)774-1414 or Silent Witness 928-)774-6111.

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