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Office of the Attorney General warns of text message phishing scam targeting Maryland unemployment insurance claimants

BALTIMORE, MD—The Office of the Attorney General is warning residents of a scheme in which fraudsters are impersonating the Maryland Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance in text messages. To remain protected from fraud, residents should access the BEACON claimant portal by visiting https://beacon.labor.maryland.gov/beacon/claimant-page.html directly, or by using the MD Unemployment for Claimants mobile app. Anyone who receives a …


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Maryland State Police, Department Of Labor warn of rise in unemployment insurance scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Labor Unemployment Division are tracking and combating illegal schemes in which fraudsters are impersonating the Division in email correspondence, text messages, and phone calls with the intent of stealing unemployment insurance benefits. The Department of Labor is coordinating with Maryland State Police to alert the public about these ongoing and …


Attorney General’s office warns of direct deposit, payroll phishing scam

BALTIMORE, MD—The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is warning Maryland residents of an attempted phishing scam involving direct deposit and payroll. Officials say a local payroll manager was contacted via email by someone impersonating an actual employee and asking for their bank account information for direct deposit to be changed. In fact, the scammer used a fake email to contact …

Man who stole more than $16,000 in cryptocurrency, orchestrated SWAT attack pleads guilty to aggravated identity theft

BALTIMORE, MD—A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft charges in connection with his involvement in a “SIM swap” and cryptocurrency theft scheme. Kyell Bryan, 20, of Kingston, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James …

Maryland Department of Labor warns of unemployment claimant email scam

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor is warning residents of an email scam targeting unemployment insurance claimants. Anyone who receives an email similar to the one pictured below is urged NOT to respond.  Do not click on “Verify Account”. Clicking on the “From” field will likely reveal a fraudulent email address. All emails from Maryland’s Division of Unemployment Insurance will …

Maryland authorities seize two domains attempting to mimic Walmart website, purporting to sell experimental COVID-19 treatment

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized “http://pharmacywalmart.com” and “https://stromectol-ivermectin.com” which on June 16, 2021 resolved to “https://en.pharmacywalmart.com/buy-stromectol-usa.html.”  The websites contained numerous uses of the legitimate Walmart trademarked logo and appears to attempt to mimic a legitimate Walmart website. The fraudulent websites allegedly offers for sale a number of drugs for the experimental and unapproved treatment …

Consumer Alert: Telephone scammers are spoofing local hospitals and public utilities to steal personal information, threatening to terminate Medicare benefits

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland’s Consumer Protection Division is warning residents that scammers are “spoofing” local hospital and public utility phone numbers in an attempt to steal personal and medical information, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and/or Social Security numbers, over the phone. Some of the scammers are threatening to terminate Medicare benefits unless the call recipient provides personal information over the phone. Because …

Baltimore County man pleads guilty in scheme to steal digital currency, social media accounts

UPDATE: Milleson’s co-defendant has also pleaded guilty to numerous charges. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A Timonium man has pled guilty in federal court on charges of aggravated identity theft in connection with with schemes to use the identity information of victims to steal digital currency and social media accounts. Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Jordan K. …