Anne Arundel County officials are warning residents to beware of a scam aimed at the elderly advertising fraudulent Fire Department home inspections.

An Annapolis resident received a letter purporting to be from the county Fire Department earlier this month. The letter stated that Fire Department officials would conducting a home inspection within the next month, a service that the department only does at businesses, officials said.

County Executive John R. Leopold, warned residents that the letters are "fake."

"We are concerned that these letters are being sent with criminal intent to rob or harm residents," Leopold said in a statement.

County police are investigating and no arrests have been made.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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