PHONE SCAMMER USES MSP NUMBER FOR CREDIT CARD RECORDING

(PIKESVILLE, MD) - Maryland State Police are warning the public about a reported telephone scam in which the caller cloned a state police number for a recording call offering credit card services.

A woman from Baltimore County called the Maryland State Police Monday afternoon and reported she had received a call in which the caller ID on her phone showed "Maryland State Government" and the number 410-653-4241, which is a number for the Maryland State Police Office of Media Communications. However, when she answered the call, it was a recording to offer credit card services.

The Maryland State Police have no connection to any credit card company and would never solicit such information or services over the phone from any citizen. Anyone who receives such a phone call should hang up and then contact their local state police barrack. Callers may remain anonymous.