Eastern Shore residents are warned to be wary of a phone scam asking people to contact the Salisbury Barrack of the Maryland State Police.
The scam “spoofs” (manipulating called ID to disguise the caller’s number as something else, usually a more familiar contact or the actual phone number of the entity the caller claims to be) the barrack’s number. The Salisbury Barrack has received multiple calls in the past 24 hours alerting them to the scam. Anyone who is called by the number and asked to provide personal information should hang up immediately.
The reports of the scam say a man with a heavy accent says the person he called needs to provide their name, date of birth, and social security number in connection with a case.
Fraud and scams are a year round issue, but they become more prevalent during the holiday season, after natural disasters, and following highly publicized tragedies, the Maryland State Police said. People should remain vigilant of such schemes and be very suspicious of anyone who asks for personal information or donations over the phone.
If you have received a call from anyone who claims to be the Maryland State Police, you can confirm the caller’s identity by calling back the caller ID number and going through a confirmation process with the trooper’s supervisor or a member of the barrack’s command staff, the state police said. If you have been contacted by a suspected scammer, reach out to the Salisbury Barrack.