CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia Police Department says someone is calling people and claiming to be an officer.

It says there have been several reports of a phone scam with a person impersonating a member of the department.

According to a release, the caller claims to be the assistant chief of University Police and says someone the victim knows has been arrested.

The scammer then demands money via a wire transfer for the release of the arrested person.

UPD says this appears to be the main tactic this scammer is using, but the message may change to include a claim that the victim has unpaid court fines or a warrant out for them that can be resolved through immediate payment.

The department wants to remind community members that it will never contact people and demand money under any circumstances.

Anyone who gets a call from a person who claims to be a member of UPD and requests payment through wire transfer, gift cards, cash applications or any other means is encouraged to hang up and not send the caller anything.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this scam should report it by contacting the UVA Police Department at (434) 924-7166 or [email protected].