Subject Poses as Police Officer

During Telephone Credit Card Scam

(Harford County, MD – August 24, 2007) — Harford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are investigating two cases of telephone credit card scams. The first incident occurred shortly after 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2007 at Dianne’s Family Diner located in the 1500 block of Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace. The second incident occurred on August 23, 2007, 12:00 p.m. at the Carsins Run Store located in the 3500 block of Churchville Road in Aberdeen. In both cases areas businesses received a telephone call from a male subject who identified himself as a police officer investigating an alleged credit card theft. The male caller would ask the business representative to read the credit card numbers to him from a specific day in order to confirm if the alleged stolen credit card was used at that business.

Sheriff’s Deputies caution business owners to not divulge any credit card information over the phone without first confirming the identity of the caller and assessing their need for the information.

There are no suspects at this time. Additionally, Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the threats of bodily harm. To be eligible for the reward, tipsters must contact the tip-line at 1-888-540-TIPS. All information will be keep strictly confidential.