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MoCo is Looking for Residents to Help Investigate a Telephone Scam

July 13, 2017

 

Someone is spoofing county telephone numbers in an apparent scam, and the county would like help to catch whoever is doing it.

   Several County residents have reported receiving calls from scammers who are fraudulently using County telephone numbers (240-773-xxxx and 240-777-xxxx). While the County doesn’t yet know the motives or objectives of the perpetrators, there have been no reports of loss of money, nor personally identifiable information, to date.

   Many calls are left without a message, which has prompted affected residents to call back. When the resident calls back the County number, the County employee answering the call is unaware that anyone is using their telephone number. County officials are investigating and would like to hear from residents who have received these calls to assist our efforts in addressing this problem. 

   The county is asking that anyone who receives a suspicious call to report it by calling MC311 or via MC311.com and providing answers to the following:

   1.     When did you receive the call or message (date/time)?

   2.     If you received a message or spoke to someone, what did they say?

   3.     What number did the caller ID indicate that the call originated from? (What County number was used in the spoof call?)

   Residents can reach MC311 in the County by dialing 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311 from anywhere, Monday - Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The MC311 website, www.mc311.com, is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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