Maryland State Police are warning the public about a potential law enforcement telephone scam.
Authorities said in a news release Wednesday that it appears a caller has cloned or “spoofed” a state police telephone number and tries to scare victims into thinking they are the target of a criminal investigation.
Police said a woman called the state police Wednesday and said the caller ID said “State Police” and had the same number as the actual department in Westminster Barrack.
The woman told police that she answered the call and someone told her that a criminal complaint had been filed against her. The victim asked for the caller’s badge number before the caller hung up on the victim, police said.
There have been several scams reported that match the woman’s story, police said.
“These scammers are using scare tactics and sophisticated technology to attempt to take advantage of the public,” the department said in a news release.
The department emphasized in the release that they would “never” solicit personal information from any citizen over the phone.
If anyone receives a similar phone call, state police urge the individual to contact their local police barrack to report the incident.