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Oregon Police demand poser Twitter account be taken down

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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Twitter is a great tool for people to follow their local police departments for updates on what's going on in the community, but the Oregon Police are worried a fake account is confusing the public.

Detective Janet Zale with the Oregon Police Department says a fake Oregon Police Twitter account has popped up twice in the last month. She says the people behind the fake account are using pictures of Oregon Police vehicles and badges taken from the official police website.

The fakers are even interacting with people, giving them advice and linking people to a phone number that goes directly to the police chief's desk. Det. Zale says they are posing as police, which is a crime.

On Wednesday, Zale wrote on the fake page saying the creators must take it down. If they don't, she says she will ask Twitter to remove it, or even pursue criminal charges with the prosecutor.

"You would just do a search for Oregon Police, this might be one of the accounts that comes up first," Zale said. "And if you have a serious question that you want the police to answer, and you're asking someone who's not involved with the police department, they could give you bad advice, give you the wrong answer and really not help you at all."

The correct Oregon Police Twitter handle is @OregonOHPolice. The fake account is @Oregon_OHPolice. Police want to make sure the public is not going to the fake account.

One more reminder: Don't use Twitter for any emergency. Always call 911!

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