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Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office warns that scammers are attempting to ‘spoof’ main office phone number in attempt to defraud victims

BALTIMORE, MD—Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner on Friday announced that scammers are attempting to “spoof” the U.S. Attorney’s Office main office telephone number so that calls appear to originate from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the recipient’s caller ID in a criminal scheme to defraud individuals who owe federal debts such as criminal restitution …


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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 …


Parkville resident facing federal indictment for dating, business email compromise scams with alleged losses of more than $2.3 million

PARKVILLE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging three defendants on federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and aggravated identity theft. Noel Chimezuru Agoha, 37, of Baltimore; Sessieu Ange Oulai, 34, of Parkville; and Kelechi Arthur Ntibunka, 32, of Essex, are all facing federal charges. The indictment was returned on March …

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

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. Milleson, 20, to two years in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised …

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 …

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office seizes 3 additional domain names associated with fraudulent COVID-19 treatments

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized three additional domain names associated with fraudulent COVID-19 treatments. Authorities have seized “healthbridgescience.com,” “global-pandemic-vaccines.com,” and “genobioscience.com,” all of which purported to be the websites of actual biotechnology companies developing treatments for the COVID-19 virus but instead were allegedly used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the …

Maryland State Police, Department Of Labor warn of unemployment insurance, other monetary scams

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of State Police and the Maryland Department of Labor are warning the public of an increase in unemployment insurance related fraud cases and other scams being reported in the region. In recent months, investigators have been contacted regarding a wide variety of schemes targeting individuals, vulnerable populations, charities and local, state and national government agencies. Most …

Attorney General Frosh to host COVID-19 scam virtual forum

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will host a virtual consumer protection forum with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen on Friday, March 5th (today). Attorney General Frosh and Senator Van Hollen will discuss common COVID-19 related scams. They will also be answering questions from Marylanders and providing details on ways consumers can identify and protect themselves from scams. The …