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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 …


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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. …


MDTA warns of spam text messages being sent to residents

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Transportation Authority is warning of spam/scam text messages being sent to residents. The spam SMS messages read, “Maryland-MDot Urgent” addressing “MDot customer” with a link. MDTA officials say anyone who receives such a text should ignore it. Theses messages are spam and have been reported to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s IT Department. Advertisement Anyone who receives …

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 …

Governor Hogan, Lt. Governor Rutherford targeted in unemployment fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—The State of Maryland on Wednesday announced that officials had uncovered an unemployment insurance fraud scheme targeting high-ranking state government officials, including Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson, and several other members of the governor’s cabinet. “We have been more aggressive than any state in going after the rampant fraud that is targeting …

Police in Baltimore County warn residents of bail money scam

NOTTINGHAM, MD—”This is an urgent message about your grandchild. I’m their lawyer. They’ve been involved in an accident and arrested for reckless driving. They need $10,000 to pay their bail so that they don’t have to stay in jail for six months.” Legit? No, this is fraud, and police say it’s costing older citizens in Baltimore County thousands of dollars. …