Friday, December 19, 2014

Alert; Sheriff Impersonator Phone Scam #PGSO

Upper Marlboro, MD…The Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff’s Communications and Public Relations Division has received several calls from victims of a telephone scam involving someone attempting to scam money while claiming to be a representative of the Sheriff’s Office.

The scammer provides victims personal information in order to seem legitimate while accusing victims of either missing jury duty or having an outstanding arrest warrant. The scammer urges victims to pay a fine in order to have the warrant removed from the Sheriff’s Office system, the victims are told to go to a local convenience store where they purchase a pre-paid card in various monetary amounts. The scammers use the law enforcement angle as a way to scare victims into giving them the money and avoid being arrested. 

Sheriff Melvin C. High is asking the media to advise citizens of these scams. The Sheriff’s Office does not make calls on behalf of the courts regarding jury duty, nor do we ask citizens for money. If anyone receives a call to contact the Prince Georges County Police at 301-772-4420 to file an incident report.

For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354. 

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