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Maryland court officials warn about ‘bench warrant’ scam

The Courts of Appeal building in Annapolis. (The Daily Record File)

The Courts of Appeal building in Annapolis. (The Daily Record File)

Maryland court administrators are warning residents about a scam enticing them to pay hundreds of dollars to avoid arrest.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the “bench warrant” scam recently has been reported in Baltimore County. A similar scam targeted Howard County last year.

In the scam, a caller claims to be an officer from the local sheriff’s office and says a judge has issued a bench warrant for the resident for failing to attend a hearing that morning. When the resident tells the caller they did not receive a summons, the caller claims it was sent to their work address.

The caller instructs the resident to drive to a location and obtain a “bond voucher” for hundreds of dollars.

Court officials said anyone receiving such a call should hang up.


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