From Baltimore County Police Department:
The Baltimore County Police Department has received several recent complaints regarding telephone scams.
The caller claims that one of the victim's loved ones needs money because he or she has been in an accident. In another version of the scam, the caller claims that the victim's loved one is being held hostage. In yet another version, bail money is needed. The suspect may provide details that seem to support the story, but they obtain that information from social media and public records.
These suspects rely on fear to pressure the victims to act quickly, before they realize that the story does not make sense or before they can speak to the family member. The script may change, but the strategy is the same. The caller will tell the victim about an immediate crisis that only money can fix, and will demand that the victim send money to the suspect's account.
Following a few simple tips can help prevent becoming a phone scam victim: