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Investigators: Scammers Pose as Police to Steal Your Identity

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Green Bay Police and the Brown County Sheriff's Office are warning of a new scam where criminals are trying to steal your identity and money by posing as police.

It's happened at least four times in the last few weeks.

It starts with a phone call that looks legit.

 Caller ID says it's the Brown County Sheriff's office calling, and in fact it is the department's number.

But the person on the other end is definitely not law enforcement.

"He began to question her. Are you so and so? And are the last four digits of your social security so and so? And have you recently filed court papers in circuit court?" says Green Bay Police Captain Bill Galvin, explaining the most recent case.

He says the man seemed to know a lot about the Green Bay woman he was calling.

"She kind of played along with him for a little while and started to realize more and more that he really didn't have that information -- that he was actually mining for information from her," says Galvin.

Turns out he was, and Green Bay Police are now investigating.

"They're looking to get enough information to steal this person's identity," says Galvin.

Police are now working with the sheriff's office to see if it's connected to similar cases there.

"We received three complaints from individuals saying somebody called the house representing themselves as the sheriff's department, that they had a warrant and they had to pay some money," says Brown County Sheriff John Gossage.

Those, too, were all fake.

Authorities are trying to track these scammers down but think they're using technology to show a false number on caller ID, then use public records to find their victims.

"So it was somebody who was probably looking on CCAP to see if there was any court activity, to see if there were any recent issues involving the sheriff's office," says Gossage.

"Any court document -- they have a lot of times first name, middle name, last name, date of birth, address," says Galvin.

The scammers try to get you to fill in the rest.

"Word to the wise -- the sheriff's office is not going to call you asking for money," says Gossage.

Their advice? Be suspicious.

Get the callers name, hang up and call the sheriff's office yourself.

"It takes a few more minutes, but it could save you a lot of misery in the long run," adds Galvin.

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