April 10, 2014

Sheriff’s Notice – Cell Phone Scam

According to Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin, a phone scam currently going around the country has reached Montgomery County residents.

A caller, falsely claiming to be from the sheriff's office, says a warrant that has been issued for your arrest  will be served unless, of course, you pay up.

The scammer may get specific by giving his name and “official” rank. The caller might also request personal information so he can “clear your name” and cancel the mythical arrest warrant. Victims may be asked to go to a store, get a pre-paid credit card, load it up with money and call a phone number with the card information

Anyone who has received a scam phone call from someone claiming to be a Montgomery County (MD) Deputy Sheriff who is going to arrest you unless you immediately send money should call the Sheriff’s Office at 240-777-7000. Save any recorded messages, record the date and time of the phone call, the purported name of the caller, the call back number and their phone number as displayed on caller ID.



1 comment:

  1. My wife received a call from someone identifying himself as a leiutenant in the Sheriff's Office and that a bench warrant was issued for her failure to show up for Jury Duty. My wife called the jury commissionerl. The jury commissioner inidated that she wasn't called up for jury duty. When she called the number that he left, the recording indicated that it was the Sherrif's Office. My wife looked up the actual number for the Sherrif and told them about the call. The Sherrif confirmed that there wasn't a bench warrant for her arrest. If you get a similar call do not send any money, it is a scam. If a bench warrant is issued you will get a notice from the court and a police officer should never ask you to send money to void the warrant.

    There are probably other varieties of this scam, stay vigilant.

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