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Lancaster police detectives are warning people about a recent attempted “spoofing” scam.

Spoofing refers to placing a phone call from one number while a different number shows up on the recipient’s caller ID, according to police.

In the recent case, a town resident received a call on her cell phone that indicated the call was coming from the Lancaster Police Department.

The caller identified herself as a department employee, claimed the call recipient needed to pay an outstanding bill and directed the recipient to another phone number to arrange payment for the debt.

Police say the woman who received the call was suspicious and wisely called the department to confirm the call was a scam.

Anyone who has received a similar call is asked to contact Lancaster police at 683-2800.