- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Tacoma police are warning of a man pretending to be a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy on residents’ voicemails and demanding money to prevent arrests.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports (http://is.gd/4v3un9 ) that a man has been leaving voice messages identifying himself as deputy Greg Allen and asking the homeowner to call a number about a courthouse matter. If the homeowner calls, the man then tells them to buy a prepaid card worth $6,500 and deliver it to a specific place. He says if the money is not delivered, the person will be arrested on a warrant.

Police say there is no Greg Allen with the Sheriff’s Office and that law enforcement agencies do not call people to collect money.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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