Property-tax phone scam
The taxman may cometh, but he does not call. Scammers are hoping some Baltimore County residents don't know that.
The county police department is hearing from senior citizens that they're getting calls claiming their property taxes are overdue and demanding the money immediately. "In at least one case the senior citizen was asked for banking information (account and routing numbers)," the police said in a statement.
It should be needless to say, but just for the record: Don't give that information out to anyone calling you out of the blue, let alone supposed property-tax collectors.
Turn the tables on them -- ask for the caller's name and a callback number. "Remember, the phone number could be linked to a fraudulent location," the police say.
I've heard of scammers calling people about supposedly missed jury duty, but this is a new one on me.