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Someone is spoofing a Delaware State Police phone number to get personal information, and State Police are warning you not to fall for the trick.

Police said the scammers make calls from what looks like an actual state police number and tell recipients a family member needs money to pay a fine, post bail, or for a hospital bill.

Some con artists even have an alleged family member tearfully make their case to the victim.

Most of the recent calls were made from other states to victims living outside Delaware.

Police remind you they never ask for payment for fines or bail--that's the court system's job--and the courts wouldn't do that by phone.

If you get a call from a number you don't recognize, don't answer it.  Instead police said talk to your phone company about apps you can download to your cell phone to block unwanted calls.  Click here for more information.