Mary­land Ju­di­ciary warns of jury ser­vice email scam

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION -

The Mary­land Ju­di­ciary is­sued a warn­ing Thurs­day about an email scam that falsely claimed the re­cip­i­ent had missed jury ser­vice, en­tic­ing them to click on a link that may con­tain mal­ware. The Mary­land Ju­di­ciary said the phish­ing scam was re­ported by peo­ple in Prince Ge­orge’s County but that it may be af­fect­ing peo­ple in other coun­ties. The email claims to be from the “Clerk to the Court” and says that it is a “fi­nal no­tice” for “fail­ure to ap­pear as sched­uled for jury ser­vice.” The email pro­vides a link with the in­struc­tions to re­view the in­for­ma­tion, “after which you may be con­tacted and re­quired to ap­pear in court be­fore a judge.” The ju­di­ciary ad­vised any­one re­ceiv­ing such an email to delete it im­me­di­ately and not re­ply or click on the link or open any at­tach­ments. The email could in­stall mal­ware on a user’s com­puter. Any­one af­fected by the scam can con­tact the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Divi­sion, 410-528-8662 or toll free 888743-0023, as well as lo­cal law en­force­ment.

Over­turned tanker blocks West­min­ster in­ter­sec­tion

The in­ter­sec­tion of Kate Wag­ner Road and Route 27 in West­min­ster was closed for much of Thurs­day after a tanker truck car­ry­ing about 7,500 gal­lons of kerosene over­turned in a crash. At 12:44 p.m., an off-duty West­min­ster fire­fighter came upon the crash, which in­volved a Toy­ota Prius and the tanker truck, which was ly­ing up­side down across Route 27 just north of the in­ter­sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to West­min­ster fire spokesman Josh Evans. “They dis­cov­ered it was ac­tu­ally leak­ing the kerosene, and the haz­mat team be­gan to plug the holes and con­tain the spill on land,” Evans said. “It took about an hour to plug the leaks and get ev­ery­thing con­tained.” Al­though the ex­act amount of the spill will not be known un­til the kerosene re­main­ing in the over­turned truck can be pumped out and mea­sured, the Mary­land Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment es­ti­mated as much as 5,000 gal­lons of the fuel might have leaked. Mary­land State Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing. The tanker was trav­el­ing north on Route 27 be­hind the Prius when the driver of the Prius braked to avoid go­ing through a yel­low light, ac­cord­ing to state po­lice. The driver of the truck was un­able to stop in time be­cause of the wet road, struck the Prius and lost con­trol of the truck, which then flipped, state po­lice said. Nei­ther driver was se­ri­ously in­jured, but the driver of the truck was trans­ported to Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter and the driver of the Prius was taken to Car­roll Hospi­tal Cen­ter.

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