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PHOENIX -- The Mesa Police Department is trying to identify businesses who may have been scammed recently.

The scammer will contact a business, claim to be with a related business and ask for cash to help a family member who has been stranded. He often claims it's for a tow truck or mechanic fee.

The suspected scammer seems to have a knowledge of the daily operations of the business he scams and seems very professional both on the phone and in person.

The suspect is described as being a white male in his late 30s or early 40s. He stands between 6-foot and 6-foot-3 and weighs about 180 lbs., and has a thin build. He was blonde or red hair and often wears a baseball cap.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Mesa Police Department at (480) 644-3303.

Martha Maurer, News Editor

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