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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A warning from the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department about a phone scam that impersonates them.

They've heard from some out-of-state residents who claim they were contacted by detectives from the department's Financial Crime Unit or the Internal Revenue Service to collect money for bills, tickets and loans.

The scammer threatens to arrest or prosecute, if the person doesn't wire money via Western Union, Money Gram or Green Dot.

And, they use devices like Magic Jack or try to conceal their actual phone numbers. Sounds fishy, right?

Well, police say they will not be the ones to try and collect fines or debt from you.

And, the IRS does not contact taxpayers through email or by phone.

So, if you get one of these calls or if you've gotten one already, give MPD a call at 202-727-4159.

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