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Detroit Police warning about fake cops

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

Detroit Police are warning that if you're pulled over by an officer driving anything other than a fully marked police car, there is a possibility it's not a real cop.

There have been at least two reports of men posing as police officers and robbing unsuspecting drivers at gunpoint. These men have police badges, bullet proof vests and guns. They look very official and they are armed and dangerous.

The most recent robbery was reported at a Citgo gas station near French and I-94 on Detroit's east side on Sunday. The clerk says two white men in a black Ford F-150 with police lights allegedly pistol-whipped customers pumping gas. The men stole cash and cell phones from their victims.

A second incident happened near Harper and 3 Mile Drive. A man says he was pulled over by three men in a unmarked Crown Victoria. The man was searched -- still unaware that these were not real police officers.

While he answered questions from one of the men posing as an officer, the other two men went through his car, stealing his wallet and CDs.

So, what can you do? Even police say you have permission not to stop if you don't believe a real police officer is trying to pull you over. Instead, call 911 and ask the dispatcher for assistance. If all else fails, drive to the nearest precinct.

Anyone with information on these robberies is encouraged to call Detroit Police.

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