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HOPKINTON — Local police are warning area residents to be on alert after a resident reported last week that a man claiming to be with the department had called, seeking money.

The caller identified himself as "Officer Blake," Hopkinton Police Capt. Mark Carrier said Tuesday. Carrier said the department does not have a staff member by that name.

"Fortunately in this case, the person asked for a call back number and the person hung up, so there is no victim," he said. "We are using this to remind people that we will not make calls seeking money for any reason, and if you have concerns you may hang up and call back. We won't be offended."

Police said the number that appeared on the caller ID was the actual phone number of the Hopkinton Police Department.

Carrier said that in the past, calls were made by organizations raising funds on behalf of the police union. But the department and the union have not participated in such efforts for several years, he said, and the department is not aware of any telemarketing efforts in the region. Most law enforcement agencies nationwide have ceased such fundraising because of scam concerns, he added.

Carrier reminded residents that if they are ever in doubt, they should hang up and look up the department number and call back. Even if an officer is calling for a case, the department would not hold it against the individual if they called back in a timely manner.

"Safety remains the top priority," he said.

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