Crime, Government

New caller ID ‘spoofing’ scam demands payments for violations

Scam AlertThe Maryland Judiciary is warning the public about a new telephone scam that appears to originate from the Baltimore County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

The callers use a scam known as “caller ID spoofing” in which the scammers deliberately falsify the information sent to caller ID displays to hide their identity, in this case appearing as the clerk’s office.

When the recipient answers the phone, the callers demand payment for various court-related items.

These phone calls are a scam, and recipients should not provide any payment or personal information. Neither the Clerk’s office nor the courts make phone calls asking for payment or personal information over the phone or email.

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Members of the general public who have questions about potential scams like this can contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division at 410-528-8662 or toll free 888-743-0023.

For any questions about a court-related item, please contact the district court or circuit court in the local jurisdiction.

Contact information for each court is available on the Maryland Judiciary’s website under “Courts Directory.”

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