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Possible scam: Caller claiming to be Tacoma police detective asks for information

The telephone call came Friday night.

The caller, who claimed to be a police detective, wanted to know how many guns and how much money a man kept in his Tacoma home.

Suspicious, the man hung up and called police.

The department is concerned that the caller was phishing for information and is warning about a possible scam.

“The Tacoma Police Department doesn’t contact people by phone and ask random questions like this,” spokeswoman Loretta Cool said Monday.

The caller dialed about 8 p.m. Friday. After the man refused to answer his questions, the caller rang twice more.

It was a male caller from a restricted phone number, Cool said.

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