Anne Arundel Police warn of phone scam

Posted at 9:12 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 21:12:24-04

A person pretending to be an Anne Arundel Police officer is trying to scam people out of their money, police said. The individual is identifying himself as "Lieutenant Owens from The Anne Arundel Sheriff's Department”, but he is not affiliated with Anne Arundel Police Department.

The person has been trying to manipulate people into sending prepaid money cards to settle alleged arrest warrants and failure to appear for jury duty. Police want the public to know that no agency will contact you demanding immediate payment, especially not with prepaid cards or Western Union money transfers.

Outstanding summons or warrant status can be confirmed by checking the Maryland Judiciary Case Search at or by contacting the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office at (410) 222-1490.

Information related to serving as a Jury or Grand Jury member can be confirmed by contacting the Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse Jury Office at (410) 222-1400

If you have information pertaining to this phone scam, please call the Anne Arundel County Police Department's non-emergency line at (410) 222-8610.