Punxsutawney, PA – Police are warning yet again that they will never ask for money by telephone, mail, or the internet.

The Pennsylvania State Police say that these kinds of scams are common and prey on people’s appreciation of state troopers and police officers. However, department regulations strictly prohibit troopers from seeking monetary donations of any kind.

If someone claiming to be from a police station asks you for money, it is a scam.

If you receive a money request by telephone from someone purporting to be a member of the Pennsylvania State Police, obtain as much information as possible about the request from the caller, obtain the caller’s name and call back number, and notify your local state police station of the incident as soon as possible.

The same thing applies if you receive the solicitation in the mail. Bring the piece of mail to the police station.

If you receive a money request through the internet from a party representing the Pennsylvania State Police, please take a copy of all information received to your local state police station as soon as possible.

Any questions regarding calls, mailings, or internet contacted received from the Pennsylvania State Police can be clarified by calling your local state police station.