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May 20, 2024
Talbot County, MD - The Talbot County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning to the public about a potential scam making its way around Talbot County. Signs are being placed along county roads advertising the purchase of homes. These signs come with contact details, specifically a number that appears to be a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone number.

VoIP numbers, to the uninitiated, can be challenging to distinguish from traditional telephone numbers. They have all the capabilities of a standard telephone number, including outbound calls, text messages, and receiving incoming calls, provided there is an internet connection. Moreover, users can select their area code, making an incoming call seem as if it's coming from a local source, further camouflaging their true origin.

Despite their seeming normalcy, the presence of these signs and their associated VoIP numbers has raised alarm. Emphasizing the need for public vigilance, the Sheriff's Office reminds everyone that it's unlawful to place signs on anyone's property without permission. This includes county-owned signs and right of ways.

As the investigation continues, residents are urged to exercise caution when dealing with such advertisements.