Hagerstown Business Recent Target of Phone Scam

By WHAG News

Published 08/01 2014 04:21PM

Updated 08/01 2014 04:37PM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Hagerstown police are investigating after a local business reported they were being harassed by an unknown company over the phone. 

The business told police the unknown company threatened to disconnect electric service if payment was not immediately received. 

The Criminal Investigation Division called the phone number the business was given in order to make arrangements for payment. Detectives were directed to obtain Green Dot Moneypak cards from a local retailer, then another call would be placed to provide the Moneypak card numbers over the phone, satisfying the amount "owed" by the business. 

Police said Green Dot Moneypak cards are commonly used by criminals involved in telephone scams. Once the card numbers are provided over the phone, it is nearly impossible to tract where the money goes. 

Hagerstown police said the phone number used for the scam was not known to police databases and is more than likely utilized in a manner wherein calls are routed through several portals before reaching their destination. The originating number is impossible to track, police say. 

The Hagerstown Police Department urges anyone contacted by these people to hang up and not send any form of payment. 

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