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Posted on: July 9, 2018

Masked Calls Appearing from County Phone Numbers

Allegany County IT Division is documenting incidents where County residents received calls from third parties (non-County entities) that fraudulently use County phone numbers. When the resident calls the number back, they reach County staff who did not call the resident in the first place. This appears to be a growing practice in the County and other jurisdictions, where spammers mask their caller ids and try to pass themselves off as legitimate callers.

Online users who receive an unsolicited phone call from an Allegany County Government phone number can report it by clicking here

If possible, please provide responses to the 3 questions below using the field entitled "Description of the issue and any helpful details: (for example: address, time of day, etc.)"

1. When did you receive the call or message (date/time)?

2. What did the caller say?

3. What number did the caller ID indicate that the call originated from?

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