From Gary Ambridge:
We had a very interesting phone call this afternoon. A “Lt. Cross, badge number 48” (410-443-4340) of the “Harford County Sheriff’s Office” called to tell us that a warrant has been issued for our arrest (both me and Joanna) because we failed to appear for a grand Jury.
The only way we could keep from being immediately arrested was to send $6200.00 in electronic funds. We were to give him the number of the Reloadit card which could only be bought from a Red Lion. We had to give him our cell phone number. And he wanted to be on line with us the entire time. The money would be refunded to us once we showed up to the Court House on Oct. 13th and report to States Attorney David Ruff (no such person).
He knew I was excused for County court cases due to my age and he knew the address of the court house, my home address and, obviously, my phone number. He sounded completely authentic albeit aggressive and rude. However, since I’m naturally combative and suspicious I called the Sheriff’s Department to inquire if this was, if fact, legitimate using Joanna’s phone. When we found out that it was a scam, we told Lt. Cross that we had the money and were on our way to Red Lion. Instead, we drove straight to the Sherriff’s office, explained what was going on and handed to phone to the deputy. The deputy began to get some information from “Lt. Cross” until we heard the deputy say, “no I’m not playing police, I am the police.”
“Lt. Cross” then said that my wife had called him to solicit sex. He then hung up. We call a cruiser to our house and gave a report. The only thing that bothered me was that he knew so much about me.
Everyone should be aware that anytime anyone asks for money over the phone, it is probably a scam and one should report it to the police.