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Retired TPD detective warns people about scam

TUCSON – A retired Tucson Police Detective received a phone call from a scammer on Tuesday.

The number was 520 355-6342.  He said a man on the other end addressed him by his name, William Hanson.

The caller went on to tell him that he had a couple of civil class C violations and that he had missed a court appearance.

Hanson responded. “What are you talking about?”  The caller told him, “You don’t want to have a warrant out for you?”

At that point, Hanson figured the caller was going to start asking for money.

Hanson then asked him what a Class C Civil violation was?

The caller responded, “I guess you didn’t get your summons in the mail.” Hanson told him he was a retired Tucson Police detective and he had no idea what the caller was talking about.

Hanson said at that point the caller hung up on him.

The retired detective spent over 26 years as a police officer and said he had never heard of such a violation.

News 4 Tucson contacted the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and they said there was no such statute.

Deputy Marissa Hernandez said, “This is absolutely a scam.”

She also said she’s sure the scammer sounded very convincing. Apparently, the scammers are spoofing the Sheriff’s department phone number so it looks like the call is coming from the Sheriff’s department.

Hanson immediately called PCSD and spoke to a deputy. The deputy a friend of his told him the department was aware of the calls and they are trying to curb them.

Hanson said he was concerned some people might fall for the scam and actually give the scammer money.

“These people are thieves, they’re trying to swindle people out of the money, out of their savings, I think it’s despicable.”

PCSD added if you get a phone call like that, to hang up call the Sheriff’s department.  (520) 351-4900

It’s also a good idea to contact the Better Business Bureau and report it there as well. (520) 888-5353



Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.

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