Friday, October 9, 2015

Carroll County State's Attorney's Office workshop on senior scams at the Taneytown senior center.

Carroll County State's Attorney's Office post on Facebook on October 9, 2015:

Chief Deputy State's Attorney Kathleen Murphy, as well as Chief Investigator Dean Brewer, spent lunchtime at the Taneytown Senior Center today discussing with seniors signs to look for in order to avoid being scammed.

Financial exploitation of seniors is a major issue, and many myths about who are victims and who are perpetrators were discussed.

This presentation will be given at senior centers throughout the county in the coming months. State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo was also present to kick off this new community education program.

Update Friday, October 9, 2015

Apparently at least one church in Carroll County has recently been scammed by the crime in which the caller says that he is from BGE and that the electricity will be cut off in 45 minutes unless the back bill that is due, is paid. This according to a source who is not allowed to speak publicly about the crime.

Well, trust me, from my experience in the mayor's office, if a citizen or organization is behind in the electric bill, and is about to be cut off; you will know it well. There is a lengthy drawn-out process that takes place before your electricity is turned-off and it does not involve some sketchy person calling you 45 minutes in advance.

If you receive this call: Hang. Up. The. Phone. And call Baltimore Gas and Electric at 800.685.0123 to verify the status of your account and report the crime. Also report the crime to the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office at 410.386.2671.

There simply must be a special place in hell, for the scammers in the world. 
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