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 …


Crime, Police/Fire, Sci-Tech

Maryland State Police warn of new ‘spoofing’ telephone scam

BALTIMORE, MD—Authorities are warning the public about a recent telephone scam in which the caller cloned, or “spoofed,” a Maryland State Police telephone number in an attempt to make the victim into believe they were the target of a criminal investigation. A complainant told Maryland State Police on Wednesday that she had received a call in which her caller ID …


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 …

SCAM ALERT: Attorney General says phony mortgage company reps targeting Maryland residents

BALTIMORE, MD—The Office of the Attorney General on Monday warned of a new scam circulating throughout Maryland. “The Office of the Attorney General has recently been notified of scams involving individuals impersonating mortgage companies. Some of these scammers are calling existing customers of a mortgage company, claiming to be representatives of that company, and offering the customer a loan modification. …

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, …

BGE urges customers to take advantage of flexible payment options, energy assistance in advance of end of moratorium on service terminations on Nov. 15

BALTIMORE, MD—BGE this week reminded customers there are many payment and billing options and energy assistance programs available for those having difficulty keeping their accounts up to date. BGE officials say service terminations, which were suspended in March, are a last resort and many times, can be avoided, if customers contact them to discuss options before their accounts are in …

Maryland businesses receiving fake “2020 Certificate of Good Standing Request Form” letter; same scam as in 2019

BALTIMORE, MD—An updated version of a common scam targeting business owners is once again making the rounds. The Office of the Attorney General has received information that businesses in Maryland have been receiving a letter entitled “2020 Certificate of Good Standing Request Form” that requests a fee in exchange for a letter of good standing with an “official seal of …

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 …