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Phone scam warnings, Annapolis Police say don't give money over the phone

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Posted at 5:32 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 17:32:51-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Annapolis Police are warning people about two different scams they have noticed in the area.

One is a phone scan from someone claiming to be a police officer.

The fake officer threatens prosecution and fines and that your social security account will be frozen. They want you to withdraw all your money and put it into gift cars, that they take the numbers from and use.

The other scam involves an email stating you can "win” unclaimed money from IRS. The scammers get people to "buy" chances to "win" money from the IRS.

“The government, no one is going to be asking you to go get a gift card. It's certainly a big sign that there is a scammer involved if they are telling you to go out and get gift cards and ask you to send them pictures of the cards or send them numbers from the cards. It is not a sign of any legitimate business. Governments will never ask for that,” said Sgt. Amy Miguez of Annapolis Police Department.

One person was scammed out of more than $10,000 from the social security scam.

Another person lost more than $40,000 to the "win money from the IRS scam."