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Fake officer takes $3,000 in scam

A 79-year-old woman was bilked out of $3,000 after a man posing as a police officer told her to withdraw the money from her account.

The man, who said he was a police officer named Mr. Myers, called the woman at 11 a.m. Monday and told her the bank was having trouble with tellers. An hour later, he called back and told the woman that someone had taken $3,400 out of her account. He asked her to go to her bank and take $3,000 from her account.

The man then met her in the parking lot of a bank, showed her a badge and asked for the money. He told her he would call Wednesday with more information about the case. She reported the incident to police after telling a friend what had happened.

Police said the suspect is about 6 feet tall, weighs 200 pounds, and has a ruddy complexion and straight dark hair. He was wearing a black jacket. No other details about the case were available.

In the past month, there have been at least three other similar scams, police say. They say residents should contact them if they get similar calls from men who identify themselves as police investigating bank fraud.

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