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Dover Police Warn of Scam After Attempt at Local Restaurant



Incident Number: 50-21-28734

Date/Time:  Monday, September 20th, 2021

Location: See Narrative

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department is warning businesses of a scam attempt that occurred at a Dover restaurant on Monday, September 20th.  At approximately 2:58 p.m., the restaurant received a call from someone portraying to be with the U.S. Marshals Service.  During the call, the suspect stated that they were investigating a claim of counterfeit money being given out by the restaurant as change.  The suspect told the manager that they would be at the business within 30 minutes to inspect the cash and to have money out the drawer.  The employee asked for proof that the call was legitimate and the suspect told her to step outside to see them conducting surveillance on the restaurant.  At that time the employee became frightened and notified the Dover Police Department.  

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7111.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.