Crime, Events, Politics

Maryland U.S. Attorney appoints District Election Officer to receive complaints, allegations of election fraud as part of DOJ’s Election Day Program

BALTIMORE, MD—United States Attorney Robert K. Hur on Friday announced that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Leo J. Wise will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 3, 2020, general election. AUSA Wise has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the District …


Crime, Police/Fire

Police in Baltimore County warn of ‘spoofed’ phone call scam [VIDEO]

TOWSON, MD—Police in Baltimore County are warning residents of a telephone scam that has been circulating this week. The Baltimore County Police Department has learned that one of their phone numbers is being “spoofed” to call area residents.  The caller claims to be from a utility company. Authorities say anyone who receives one of these calls should hang up immediately …


Maryland Department of Labor provides update on unemployment fraud investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Wednesday provided an update about the department’s ongoing unemployment insurance fraud prevention, detection, and investigation efforts. “With bad actors continuing to target the important unemployment insurance funds intended to help those in need, our department has maintained heightened security measures to prevent and detect fraudulent activity,” said Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson. “We have …

Attorney General Frosh leads effort to charge precious metals dealers in $185 million scheme targeting retirement-age investors

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has announced that his Securities Division has collaborated with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and 29 other states in filing a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging related companies Metals.com and Barrick Capital, Inc. solicited $185 million from retirement-age investors, including at least $3 million …

Maryland Department of Labor provides updates on fraud investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson this week announced that Maryland has been awarded $2,430,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to support Maryland’s ongoing efforts to prevent and detect unemployment insurance fraud. The initial fraud investigation announced has been completed, with nearly 95% of claims initially investigated determined to be fraudulent. As a result …

Consumer Alert: cyberthieves are posing as major companies in phishing schemes

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Have you received an unexpected or unsolicited email, phone call, or text from a major company like Amazon, Google, or Apple? Before you click on the email or respond to a text or phone call, know that it’s probably a scam. These types of scams are on the rise, and scammers are trying harder than ever to trap victims, …

Authorities warn of fake COVID-19 contact-tracing scams

NOTTINGHAM, MD—As more of the population ventures out, it increases their chances of being exposed to COVID-19. This could lead to a call from a Maryland Department of Health contact tracer who tracks residents’ whereabouts as well as with whom they have been in contact in recent weeks. The Federal Trade Commission, Maryland Department of Health, and Baltimore County Police …

FBI sees rise in online shopping scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The Federal Bureau of Investigation says an increasing number of victims are being directed to fraudulent websites via social media platforms and popular online search engines. According to complaints received by the FBI, an increasing number of victims have not received items they purchased from websites offering low prices on items such as gym equipment, small appliances, tools, and …