Baltimore County police are warning citizens about a telephone scam, called the “Jury Duty” scam, that targets people in the legal profession.
The scam involves a suspect, posing as a lieutenant of the Sheriff’s Office and leaving a message for the victim to call the number back, according to police reports. Once the number is called, the person posing as the lieutenant tells the victim that a bench warrant had been issued against them. The victim is told to meet the lieutenant with a payment so the warrant can be cancelled.
Officers said the scam already has affected a law professor at the University of Maryland.
Anyone who receives a similar phone call is asked to contact the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office at 410-887-3131 or the Financial Crimes Unit of the Police Department at 410-886-2190. If you have been targeted by this scam, please report the incident to the non-emergency line of the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-887-2222.