Police warn of telephone scams
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff has received numerous calls from residents reporting persons with foreign accents advising they are from the Internal Revenue Service Collections demanding payment through a Green Dot or similar type card, a report from the police department states.
The Sheriff’s Office recommends to ignore the calls as the no-call list has little to no effect and answering machines are still being filled up with scam calls.
In one reported case, a caller with a New York phone number became hostile and told the resident that he was going to bomb his residence and kill everyone there, the report states.
Another scam involves the people calling a residence state they are in need of money to bail out a relative or to pay a lawyer. The Sheriff’s Office said those calls have scammed multiple people in Queen Anne’s County. In most cases the victim is elderly and believes they are helping a grandchild. Police suggest elderly members of a family reach out to a responsible relative to confer before sending money.
Police said a new version of a telephone scam has been reported by the Maryland State Police where the caller represents themselves as a barrack commander and threatens the victim with arrest if money owed is not immediately forwarded.
A victim in her 70s from Allegany County called the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack early in August and reported she had received multiple calls from a man with a “heavy foreign” accent. The man said she owed $800 and would be arrested if she did not quickly forward him the money. The police report states the woman hung up each time he attempted to call her.
The woman stated the caller identification on her phone showed the number as 301-4242101, which is the publicly listed phone number for the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack. The woman reported the suspect identified himself as Lt. Dan Pickett, who is the commander of the Rockville Barrack.
Citizens are reminded that the Maryland State Police does not collect fines for traffic or criminal offenses. All fines are collected by Maryland’s court system (www.courts.state.md.us).
No one in the Maryland State Police would place a call to someone and threaten arrest if a fine was not forwarded immediately to the State Police, the police report states.
The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division is investigating this case of fraud and telephone misuse. Anyone who may have received similar calls from someone saying they are from the Maryland State Police is asked to contact Sgt. Heath at 410761-5130 or by email at email@example.com. The State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Tips Line is 888-2101450. Callers may remain anonymous.