Scammer Poses as Chief of Police

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HEATH, Oh. -- Police in Ohio are searching for a man who is running a scam. The thief even went as far as to pose as chief of police.

A woman who fell victim to the scam says the thief has a lot of her personal information.

"They've got my social security number, they know where I work, they know where my boyfriend works, they have both of our cell phone numbers," said the scam victim.

The woman has received numerous calls claiming she owes money and she's been threatened if she doesn't pay up. She's even been told she has to pay police departments from across the country.

"Lawyer's office, police departments, I've been told North Carolina Sheriffs, I've been told a law agency in New York," she said.

In addition to claiming to be law enforcement, the scammer somehow spoofed the agency's phone number so it actually looked like the call was coming from police. But then came the call that was too close to home.

"They'd actually used the heath police department phone number, claiming to be the chief of police," said Sgt. Chad Hunt Heath Police. "They claimed that she had fines due or money due and if she wasn't going to pay for it and take care of it that she was going to be arrested."

The woman was already suspicious because she'd received similar calls before. Something else tipped her off.

"The guy had somewhat of a middle eastern type accent," Sgt. Hunt said.

Police Chief Tony Shepherd doesn't sound foreign at all.

The woman has contacted the FBI for help. Police say if you find yourself in this type of situation, you should definitely reach out for help.

"If you feel suspicious about it, there's nothing wrong with verifying it yourself, call the local agency and check it out for yourself," Henry said.

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