CANADENSIS, Pa. (CBS) — As the search for police barracks shooting suspect Eric Matthew Frein continues in northeast Pennsylvania, there’s a new warning for area residents.

Apparently, some residents in the area where the search is being conducted have received phone calls from individuals looking to solicit money by claiming they represent the Pa. State Police.

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The caller claims that the department is trying to raise money to continue the search for Frein, but police say this is a scam.

“The Pennsylvania State Police do not and will not solicit money from residents, so please do not provide any personal information or offer to send money to the caller if you are contacted,” Trooper Tom Kelly, of the Pa. State Police, wrote in an email.

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Officials have been searching for Frein for two weeks, and they say they recently found empty packs of cigarettes and dirty diapers they believe he is using so that he can remain stationary for long periods of time.

Frein is wanted for the fatal ambush of a trooper that happened on Sept. 12th at the Blooming Grove state police barracks.

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