(someone) claims to (do/be something)
Use "claim to ___" when you want to tell what a person said, but you also want to suggest that you don't believe them, or don't know if what they said is true. For example:
I once knew a guy who claimed to be able to remember every telephone number he'd ever called.
There are two different patterns that people use "claim" in. One is "claim that ___", and the other is "claim to ___":
They claimed to be police officers, so I let them in.
They claimed that they were police officers, so I let them in.