York County residents beware: Scammers pretending to be law enforcement

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A York County judge is warning the public about a scam that uses a local magisterial district court's spoofed caller ID as a means to steal money. 

York County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Maria Musti Cook said the scam involves calls from a number that mimics the Magisterial District Court 19-1-04 telephone number and displaces the MDJ office number on caller ID.

The caller impersonates someone from law enforcement and demands payment, she said in a written statement.

A judge's gavel rests on a book of law. (Dreamstime/TNS)

York County Courts will never place calls or solicit payment by credit card, gift card or any other means of electronic fund transfer for any reason, Musti Cook said. 

If you receive a call from a number or from anyone claiming to be involved with the courts requesting money or payment of fines, fees or court costs, do not divulge any sensitive information or forms of payment of any kind, officials said. 

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Anyone receiving calls of this nature is encouraged to hang up immediately and contact state and/or local police as well as the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800-441-2555 or scams@attorneygeneral.gov. 

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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