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Maryland authorities seize domain names of fraudulent COVID-19 treatment websites

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized “remdesivirmx.com,” which purported to sell and distribute Remdesivir, an antiviral drug approved for the treatment of the COVID-19 virus, in Mexico. However, the website was fraudulent and instead appears to have been used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the site for fraudulent purposes, including phishing …


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Governor Hogan: Single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines arriving next week, face coverings required in school settings

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the opening of a FEMA-supported mass vaccination site in Southern Maryland, in addition to expanded surveillance of COVID-19 variants, an executive order requiring face coverings in schools, the arrival of single-dose vaccines next week, and a warning regarding vaccine fraud in Maryland. “Following both the federal and state vaccination plans, we continue to …


BGE warns of phone scammers using COVID-19 pandemic to deceive customers [VIDEO]

BALTIMORE, MD—BGE officials say they’ve recently seen increases in reports where scammers attempt to use the COVID-19 pandemic to trick utility customers. BGE says these individuals call customers and falsely claim that their electric or gas service will be disconnected unless payment is made. These impersonators instruct customers to buy a prepaid credit card and call back to a different …

THE AVENUE at White Marsh warns of Facebook messaging scam

NOTTINGHAM, MD—THE AVENUE at White Marsh is warning shoppers of a new Facebook scam. THE AVENUE has been posting official gift card giveaways all week, however now someone is attempting to capitalize on their generosity. Officials say someone is messaging Facebook users pretending to be THE AVENUE and encouraging them to click a link to claim a huge cash prize. …

Maryland Department of Labor detected over 156,000 potentially fraudulent unemployment claims since January

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Thursday provided an update on the department’s ongoing unemployment insurance fraud detection, prevention, and investigation efforts. With the record number of unemployment insurance claims filed and the additional federal benefits available during the COVID-19 pandemic, states across the nation have continued to see bad actors and fraudsters using illegally obtained data to file …

Attorney General Frosh announces multi-state settlement with Healing Heroes Network

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, along with 10 other state states, on Tuesday announced a settlement with Florida-based veterans’ charity Healing Heroes Network, Inc. and its former directors, Stacey Spiegel, Allan Spiegel, and Neal Spiegel. Also part of the settlement is Hero Giveaways, LLC, a business formed by Stacey Spiegel and Neal Spiegel after Healing Heroes Network, Inc. …

Attorney General Frosh warns consumers of unlicensed pop-up COVID-19 testing sites outside of local shopping centers

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Office of the Attorney General is warning consumers of illegal, unlicensed pop-up COVID-19 testing sites operating in the Baltimore area. Individuals are setting up “Free COVID-19 Testing” tables at random locations, including outside shopping centers and retail stores, and along the sides of local roads. Officials say these testing sites are not authorized and the individuals operating …

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office seizes 2 domain names tied to COVID-19 phishing schemes

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized two domain names that were connected to COVID-19 phishing schemes. “Mordernatx.com” and “regeneronmedicals.com,” purported to be the websites of actual biotechnology companies developing treatments for the COVID-19 virus, instead appear to have been used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the sites, in order to use …