Montgomery County Police Department Warns of Phone Scam

by MCS Staff

Montgomery County Police Sergeant Shing Yuen recently shared a warning of a phone scam on the popular Nextdoor app. The scam involves the scammer disguising their number to make it look like it’s coming from a local police station (the caller ID would show the number of the local station). The scammer, acting as an officer, then states that the resident myst make a payment for a made up infraction and instructs the resident to make the payment through various methods. The full post can be seen below:

Phone Scam Alert! Over the last several weeks, Montgomery County residents have received calls from a person stating that he/she is a Montgomery County Police (MCP) Officer. The scammer has “spoofed” (disguised) his number to make it appear that the call is coming from a Police Station. There are variations of this police impersonator scam but generally, the “officer” states that the resident has to make payment – for a bond, warrant, missed court hearing, or fine.

The scammer instructs the resident to send money through a wire transfer, pre-paid cards or internet transaction. It is important to remember that the Montgomery County Police Department will never call residents to collect payment for fines or bonds nor solicit money. If you receive this type of call, hang up and call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.”

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