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Beware Jury Duty Phone Scam: Howard County Police

Police said that multiple people reported the same scam in the last 24 hours.

Scam alert (Credit: La Jolla Patch)
Scam alert (Credit: La Jolla Patch)
Police said that scammers posing as law enforcement have contacted several Howard County citizens over the phone in the last 24 hours.

The scam goes like this: The caller, claiming to be a deputy from the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, says there is a warrant out for the victim's arrest due to missing jury duty. 

Victims are told they may pay a fine over the phone and are encouraged to use Green Dot prepaid cards, police said.

"At least four cases involving Howard County residents have been reported in the last 24 hours," the Howard County Police Department said in a statement Saturday night.

According to the statement, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Howard County Police Department will never demand payment over the phone.

Similar scams in the county have involved impostors claiming to be with the IRS and BGE, police said.

Police and the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs advised citizens:
  • Don’t feel pressured to make a decision on the spot. 
  • Be wary of unknown callers.
  • Never give out personal or monetary information over the phone.
If you believe you may have been a victim of a telephone scam, call police at 410-313-2200 or file an online police report at hcpd.org.

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