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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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Attorney General Frosh urges Marylanders affected by T-Mobile data breach to protect themselves against identity theft

BALTIMORE, MD—Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is urging all Maryland residents impacted by the data breach announced by T-Mobile in August 2021 to take appropriate steps to protect their information from identity theft. On August 17, T-Mobile reported a massive data breach compromising the sensitive personal information of millions of current, former, and prospective T-Mobile customers, including individuals who had …


Nigerian national sentenced to over four years in prison for conspiring with Middle River man to commit identity theft, mail fraud

BALTIMORE, MD—A Nigerian national has been sentenced to prison for his part in a Maryland identity theft and mail fraud conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has sentenced Samson A. Oguntuyi, 29, of Atlanta, Georgia, to 54 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and mail fraud, bank fraud, …

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 …

FBI Baltimore warns of Valentine’s Day romance scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Baltimore Field Division is warning local residents of Valentine’s Day scams on the most romantic day of the year. In romance scams (also known as confidence scams), a criminal creates fake profiles on dating sites or social media platforms to trick victims into believing that they are in a trusting relationship—whether familial, friendly, or …

Attorney General’s office issues consumer alert regarding door-to-door COVID testing

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Office of the Attorney General is alerting residents about individuals and labs offering door-to-door COVID testing. The individuals performing these tests promise prompt results but consumers have reported not receiving results several weeks after the initial test. Consumers have complained that they do not know how their personal identifying information is being secured. Consumers are advised to …

Baltimore County Police Department to increase patrols for holiday season, offer crime prevention tips

TOWSON, MD—With the holiday season right around the corner, the Baltimore County Police Department is preparing to roll out its holiday deployment. Across Baltimore County, the department has officers deployed to areas residents often frequent during the holiday season. While officers will be more visible at shopping centers and local malls, it is important for residents to take extra steps …

Nottingham-based Sontiq appoints head of public sector sales team

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Sontiq, a Nottingham-based identity security company, on Monday announced the addition of Walter Hoffman as vice president of public sector sales. An experienced public sector sales executive, Hoffman will help expand Sontiq’s work with government, education, and other public sector entities around personal identity protection, breach readiness, and breach response. During his 30-year career, Hoffman increased government market share …