Po­lice warn of tele­phone scams

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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 msp.cen­tra­south@mary­land.gov. The State Po­lice Crim­i­nal En­force­ment Divi­sion Tips Line is 888-2101450. Callers may re­main anony­mous.

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