Police briefs - March 23

March 23, 2011

Sweepstakes scam targets elderly

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Wednesday urged people to be aware of a sweepstakes scam targeting the elderly.

Scam victims have been contacted by males claiming to be agents with the Federal Trade Commission, according to a news release.

The person will inform the victim that he or she has won a cash prize in a sweepstakes contest, the release said.

As part of the processing for the prize, the victim is instructed to wire cash to a location to cover service charges like "federal and state stamps," the release said.

After the victim sends money, the person is repeatedly contacted, the release said.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim in the scam can call the sheriff's office at 240-313-2878, extension 6176.

Thefts, attempted fraud reported in Washington County

The following incidents were reported Tuesday and Wednesday by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:

  • Thefts in the 17300 block of Valley Mall Road.
  • A theft in the first block of North Main Street near Smithsburg.
  • Medication was stolen in the 200 block of Cumberland Street.
  • An attempt to use a fraudulent traveler’s check to purchase merchandise in the 18700 block of North Village.
  • A theft from a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Antietam Drive.
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