Sher­iff’s of­fice warns of re­cent phone scams

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON


— The Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is cau­tion­ing res­i­dents about two phone scams that have resur­faced re­cently — one in which the caller claims to be an In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice agent collecting back taxes, the other in­volv­ing the caller pur­port­ing that he is collecting do­na­tions for the CCSO.

“We are not seek­ing do­na­tions. This is a scam,” stressed CCSO Cpl. Michael Kalin­sky, an agency spokesman, not­ing that the CCSO would pro­vide of­fi­cial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and would fol­low proper ac­count­abil­ity pro­to­col if it ever em­barked on fundrais­ing.

As for the IRS scam, Kalin­sky em­pha­sized, “The In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice does not seek re­pay­ment of back taxes via the phone — ever. They use the good, old U.S. Postal Ser­vice to make con­tact with you.”

CCSO of­fi­cials are warn­ing res­i­dents “not to pro­vide any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to these scam­mers” and to not send them any money, re­gard­less of the var­i­ous ways the call­ers say they can ac­cept pay­ments.

“They’re be­ing very cre­ative in the way they’re so­lic­it­ing the money. We don’t


want any­one giv­ing out their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and, ob­vi­ously, we don’t want them run­ning off to some store and wiring them money,” Kalin­sky said.

Such phone scams crop up here pe­ri­od­i­cally, ac­cord­ing to Kalin­sky.

“It’s a fre­quent crime. In the past three years, we have posted scam warn­ings prob­a­bly four or five times. The scam­mers work a cer­tain area code for a while and then they move on. If they get just one per­son to send money, it’s been worth their while, con­sid­er­ing how lit­tle it costs to make a phone call,” Kalin­sky said, adding that Ce­cil County res­i­dents have been duped in the past.

In the past few weeks, Elk­ton Po­lice Depart­ment and Mary­land State Po­lice have is­sued sim­i­lar phone scam warn­ings to the pub­lic, he re­ported.

CCSO started re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about scam call­ers dur­ing the past few days, ac­cord­ing to Kalin­sky.

“We’ve had mul­ti­ple calls from res­i­dents through­out the county,” Kalin­sky said, not­ing that those peo­ple in­formed CCSO of­fi­cials about their en­coun­ters af­ter de­ter­min­ing, on their own, that the call­ers so­lic­it­ing money were not le­git­i­mate.

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