In a press release, the Montgomery County government informed residents about a telephone spoofing scam in our area. Several County residents have reported receiving calls from scammers who are fraudulently using County telephone numbers (240-773-xxxx and 240-777-xxxx).
The County government admits they don’t know the objectives of the perpetrators. So far, there have been no reports of loss of money or personally identifiable information.
Many calls are left without a message, which has prompted affected residents to call back. When the resident calls back the County number, the County employee answering the call is unaware that anyone is using their telephone number.
County officials are investigating and would like to hear from you if you have received these calls. If you receive a call from a County government telephone number that is suspicious, please report it by dialing 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311 (Monday – Friday 7 AM to 7 PM). On the web visit MC311.com.
You’ll need to answer the following questions:
1. When did you receive the call or message (date/time)?
2. If you received a message or spoke to someone, what did they say?
3. What number did the caller ID indicate that the call originated from? (What County number was used in the spoof call?)