Residents of Maryland are being threatened with lawsuits and arrest via email and phone.
Scam: False Lawsuits
Who Is It Targeting: Residents in Maryland
What Is It: Individuals in Maryland are receiving phone calls and emails claiming that they are being sued and have a warrant out for their arrest. The scammers claim that the individuals have broken laws in relation to federal banking regulations and are now being sued by “U.S. Legal Services”. Scam victims have also been threatened with charges of check fraud and theft. Once the scammers have frightened their targets, they then offer to assist the targets avoid arrest for a fee. The scammers even promise to provide a copy of the warrant once the target pays a fee to become their “client”.
What Are They After: Direct Payment
How Can You Avoid It: You will never receive an official email or a phone call informing you that there is a warrant out for your arrest. If you receive an email of this sort you should delete it immediately. If you receive a phone call related to this scam you should hang up. The Maryland Judiciary is asking that if you are affected by the scam, you contact them at the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 410-528-8662 or at 888-743-0023.