Sheriff’s office warns of recent phone scams
— 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.