Business, Crime

Frosh files charges against unlicensed home improvement contractor in Middle River

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney Brian E. Frosh on Thursday announced that the state’s Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against Patrick Michael Savage d/b/a Extreme Backyard’s. The Middle River home improvement contractor collected illegal deposits from consumers for home improvement services, failed to provide the services, and refused to refund consumers’ money, according to the filing. The matter is also pending …


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Consumer Protection Division announces settlement with Baltimore County car dealership over alleged hidden fees

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week announced that his Consumer Protection Division has entered into a settlement with Koons of Reisterstown Road, Inc., the owner of the Koons Kia dealership located in Owings Mills. The settlement addresses allegations that Koons Kia charged consumers hidden fees not included in its advertised prices, and it collected fees for shipping …


Attorney General Frosh announces settlement with LeaseLock

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week announced that the Consumer Protection Division has entered into a settlement with California-based LeaseLock, Inc. resolving allegations that its deposit waiver products violated the Security Deposit Law. The Maryland Security Deposit Law permits landlords to collect security deposits from tenants that must be refunded to the tenant at the end of …

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 …

Former FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz to join Maryland Office of Attorney General

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week announced that former Federal Trade Commission Chair Jon Leibowitz will join the Office of Attorney General. Leibowitz, a legal expert on privacy, technology, antitrust, and consumer issues will work part-time as Senior Counsel. Leibowitz was sworn in as an FTC Commissioner in 2004, designated to serve as Chairman in 2009, and …

Attorney General Frosh announces settlement with StubHub, Inc.

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday announced a settlement reached by the Consumer Protection Division with California-based StubHub, Inc. concerning the company’s refusal to pay refunds to consumers for concerts, sports events, and other events that were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maryland led an investigation that included nine other states and the District …

Maryland Lottery, MDH provide tips to avoid VaxCash scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Lottery and the Maryland Department of Healthare providing tips to help Marylanders avoid scams that may arise in connection with the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion. Announced on May 20 by Governor Larry Hogan, VaxCash is awarding $2 million in cash prizes to 41 Marylanders — 18 years of age or older — who have received at least …

Maryland Attorney General’s Office warns of Publishers Clearing House award letter scam

BALTIMORE, MD—The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is warning Maryland residents of a fraudulent “Publishers Clearing House” (PCH) letter that claims the recipient has won an award of a million dollars, or more, from a random drawing of a serial number called the 2021 Mega Prize Payout. The letter claims that the recipient has been approved for a lump sum …