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Someone is spoofing county telephone numbers in an apparent scam, and the county would like help to catch the caller(s).

Several residents have reported receiving phone calls from county telephone numbers 240-773-xxxx and 240-777-xxxx, according to a press release.

The callers generally don’t leave a message, prompting some who receive the call to call the number back. The county employee who answers is not aware that anyone is using his or her number.

The motive of the caller(s) is unknown, but there are no reports thus far of anyone losing money or personal information in this scam.

The county is asking that anyone who receives a suspicious call to report it by calling MC311 or via MC311.com and providing answers to the following:

  • What was the date and time the call or message was received?
  • If a person on the initiating end of the call speaks, what did they say?
  • What county number did the caller ID show that the call came from?

Residents can reach MC311 from within the county by dialing 3-1-1 or by calling 240-777-0311 from anywhere, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Mike Diegel

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Mike Diegel
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