Crime, Police/Fire

Maryland State Police warn public about telephone scams

PIKESVILLE, MD – Maryland State Police are warning the public about a telephone scam that is circulating in which the caller clones, or, “spoofs,” a Maryland State Police telephone number and requests personal information from victim as part of a so-called “criminal investigation” or asks for money in the form of gift cards to avoid being arrested.

A complainant reported she had received a call in which the caller ID on her phone showed “Maryland State Government” and the number 301-475-8955, which is the actual number for the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack.

When the woman answered the call, the person on the other end of the line told her she was a suspect in an investigation and that she needed to provide them her social security number and other identifying personal information as well as payment in the form of gift cards in order to avoid being arrested.

This is just one of several phone “spoofing” scams reported to Maryland State Police.

These scammers are using scare tactics and sophisticated technology to attempt to take advantage of the public. The Maryland State Police will never solicit such information from any citizen.

Anyone who receives such a phone call should hang up and then contact their local state police barrack. Callers may remain anonymous.

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