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Police Warn Residents of Increase in Phone Scams

The police say the most common tactic is when a caller poses as a family member in prison or someone representing that family member, and asks for bail money.

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of an increase in phone scams.

So far this year, the Sheriff's Office has seen nine cases of phone scams in the county. The police say the most common tactic is when a caller poses as a family member in prison or someone representing that family member, and asks for bail money.

"The premise is that someone receives a phone call with a relative in jail and the people on the other end ask for some kind of payment to allow this person to be released from jail," said Sgt. Gregg Warner of the Frederick County Sheriff's Department. "Often that is done by Western Union, asking for money to be sent by western union or a prepaid credit card and provided the number over the phone. "

Police say that some people have been scammed out of hundreds to thousands of dollars and when the number is traced, it often comes from outside the United States.

"Be cautious of any phone calls that are cold. Be cautious of accepting checks from somebody that you do not know, and providing credit card numbers to people on other phones without ever confirming the agency they are with," said Sgt. Warner.  

Sgt. Warner says if any resident is a victim of a phone scam to call the local authorities as soon as possible.



 



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