SCAM ALERT: Maryland State Police warning Somerset Co. residents of gift card scam
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Maryland State Police are waring Somerset County residents to be alert, after seeing an increase in gift card scams in the area, mainly targeting the elderly.
Police say these scammers have taken on many forms including government imposters, tech support imposters even family imposters. According to police, the scammers convince people that they must pay them in the form of gift cards. The reasons residents must pay can vary, but police say they always include the idea of a consumer going to a retail outlet, purchasing physical gift cards, and then provide the PIN numbers on the cards to the scammer. Reports suggest scammers favor certain brands of gift cards, and but say those change over time
Police are asking residents to not pay the IRS, social security, family members, utility companies, tech support, ransom or to avoid arrest or deportation, or a member of the military in the form of a gift card.
Anyone who encounters one of these scams should report the fraud to the Maryland State Police, Princess Anne barrack at 443-260-3700.