Worcester County water bill scam

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WORCESTER COUNTY, MD – Scammers are allegedly trying to get personal information by claiming people owe money on their water bill.

Officials say the caller pretends to be from the Worcester County Government. Then demand information and even payments from residents on their bills.

According to Public Works Deputy Director John Ross, the government does not call anyone.

The Federal Trade Commission is recommending residents who get a call from anyone claiming to be from a utility company take the following steps: thank the caller for the information and then firmly tell them you will contact the utility company directly.

They also say, even if the caller insists you have a past due bill never give banking information over the phone.

Lastly, if the caller demands payment by gift card, cash reload card, wiring money or cryptocurrency – that’s how you know for sure it is a scam.

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