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Criminal impersonation

Someone posing as an attorney tried to scam a Flagstaff man out of $12,000.

According to the Flagstaff Police Department report, the victim told officers Thursday he had received a suspicious email from a man identifying himself as an attorney. The scammer claimed the victim owed $12,000 for a legal complaint that was filed against him. It also contained the victim’s Social Security number. In reality, the victim had never done business with the supposed attorney and did not owe anyone any money.

When an officer called the contact information in the email, the scammer was unable to provide any information about the purported complaint against the victim. The fraudster later disconnected the number. The investigation is ongoing.

Auto theft

Flagstaff police are investigating a stolen vehicle.

According to the police report, the victim left her vehicle parked in front of her mother’s home in the 2000 block of North Third Street when she moved out of town in October 2015. When she returned to check on the car last week, it was gone. The victim reported the theft Friday after a friend saw someone else driving the vehicle on Fourth Street.

The stolen car is a blue 2015 Chevrolet Sonic with Arizona license plate number BLJ5526. The investigation is ongoing.

City and county residents who want to report a crime but wish to remain anonymous may call Silent Witness at 774-6111 or (877) 29-CRIME, submit a tip online at www.coconinosilentwitness.org, or text the word “Flagtip” along with your information to 274637 (CRIMES). Rewards of up to $2,000 are given for information that leads to an arrest.

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