Crime, Government

New caller ID ‘spoofing’ scam demands payments for violations

The 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 …


Business, Crime

BGE warns of door-to-door scammers

BGE is warning local residents to be on alert for scammers. The company says utility imposters may knock on doors offering discounts on electric bills. Advertisement “We are a regulated utility and we cannot offer discounts on our rates,” said BGE officials. “Also, we’ll never ask for your choice ID numbers on your bill.” To shop authorized suppliers, BGE customers can visit https://www.bge.com/MyAccount/MyService/Pages/MySupplierOptions.aspx.


Maryland State Police warning residents about phone scams

PIKESVILLE, MD – Maryland State Police are warning the public about a reported telephone scam in which the caller cloned a state police number and requested personal information from as part of a “criminal investigation.” A woman called the Maryland State Police on Thursday morning and reported she had received a call in which the caller ID on her phone showed …

Police warn of scammers using Parkville precinct phone number

Police in Baltimore County are warning citizens about a telephone scam that may show police precinct phone numbers as the call-back number on caller ID. Police at the Parkville Precinct recently received a phone call from a confused individual who stated he was calling to discuss his outstanding federal taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service. The equally confused officer …

Baltimore County officials warn of Jury Duty scam

Local officials are warning residents of a new scam that has surfaced in Baltimore County. The “Jury Duty” scam targets those in the legal profession. In one case, officials say the victim received a voicemail message from a “lieutenant” in the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office with instructions to call him immediately. When the victim called the number, a voicemail message …

Prank calls being made using Maryland State Police phone number

After receiving multiple calls on Thursday from people as far away as Hawaii, Maryland State Police investigators are making it known that unknown suspects are apparently using a web-based service to make prank calls throughout the country that appear as if they are from the State Police Criminal Enforcement Division. Some people are reporting they received an automated message informing …