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OC Police Department warns area residents of recent scams

11/14/13

The Ocean City Police Department is warning citizens of a current telephone scam targeting local Delmarva Power customers, particularly businesses.

The scammer will claim to be calling from the Delmarva Power “Disconnection Center.”

The scammer will explain that the victim’s power would be shut off unless a past due balance was paid. Victims are then instructed to buy a Greendot MoneyPak card and add the past due amount onto the card or asked to provide a credit card number.

Citizens are reminded that Delmarva Power will not contact customers about late payments until first notifying the customer by mail.

Citizens with information are asked to contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410-723-6610.

The Ocean City Police Department is also warning citizens of a current mail scam targeting Ocean City area organizations involving the delivery of “non-ordered” cell phones.

These local organizations reported to have received packages delivered by UPS or Federal Express. These packages contained several cell phones which were not ordered by the victim. Shortly after the package arrived, victims reported receiving a telephone call from the scammer who identifies herself as an employee of Verizon.

The scammer will then give instructions on what to do with the box of cell phones, often times requesting that the box be returned to the delivery company with instructions to forward the box to a different location. The scammer further states that the phones were sent to the address by accident.

Citizens with information regarding this scam are asked to contact Detective James Rodriguez of the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division, Major Crimes Unit at 410-520-5347 or at jrodriguez@oceancitymd.gov.

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