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News 5 Alert: Scammers pretending to be Chagrin Falls Police

Posted at 7:22 PM, Oct 26, 2017

Right now, a phone scam is making the rounds in Chagrin Falls.

The Chagrin Falls Police Department has been getting reports that someone claiming to be a sergeant within its department is calling and asking for donations.

However, Chief Amber Dacek said her department would never do this.

“In the past, when we've had community activities, where we've tried to raise money, that's always been through a letter or advertisement,” she said.

Some people in Chagrin Falls admit they've donated to local police and fire departments in the past, but these days with so many scams going around, they always call the official numbers listed online first to verify. Others don't even take unsolicited calls anymore.

“Now in the age of cell phones, I pretty much just don't answer my phone, unless it's someone I know,” said Brenda Schweder.

Chief Dacek said if you feel uneasy about any donations over the phone, you should verify and do some research first.

“You can get a call from anybody saying they represent any charity and that doesn't necessarily mean that it's true. It could be a legitimate charity, but does this person actually work for them?”