News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Employers in St. Mary’s County are asked to be aware of a recent payroll scam affecting employees.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is investigating recent cases where employees’ personal email accounts were spoofed by one or more scammers, requesting that an employee’s direct deposit account number be changed to a different account number.

In some of the instances, the new account number was based at a financial institution outside of Maryland.

Local employers are encouraged to double-check with their employees to verify any requests to change direct deposit accounts, and not to verify the request through email, which may be spoofed.

If you have been the victim of fraud in St. Mary’s County, call the Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008 or use the online reporting tool at

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