Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore County Police Department warning residents of police impersonation phone scam

TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Police Department is warning residents of a telephone scam that is being reported in the area. Authorities say they are receiving reports of residents being contacted by scammers claiming to be Baltimore County police officers. The scammers then say they are collecting on a legal judgment. They provide a local phone number for an actual police …


Crime, Family, Police/Fire, Sci-Tech

Maryland State Police warn shoppers of online scams over holiday season

PIKESVILLE, MD—The Maryland State Police Cyber Task Force is warning consumers to continue to proceed with caution while shopping online to avoid potential scams this holiday season. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) 2021 report, non-payment or non-delivery scams cost people more than $337 million annually. Credit card fraud accounted for another $173 million in losses. Consumers can …


Consumer Alert: Home warranty scam letters sent to Maryland homeowners

BALTIMORE, MD—The Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office is warning consumers about home warranty scam letters that are being sent to homeowners. These letters urge Maryland homeowners to renew a home warranty by claiming the current home warranty “may be expiring or may have already expired.” Even homeowners who have never purchased a home warranty are receiving …

Officials warn of student loan debt relief scams

BALTIMORE, MD—On August 24, 2022, the White House announced a Student Debt Relief Plan that includes one-time student loan debt relief targeted to low- and middle-income families. The U.S. Department of Education) will provide up to $20,000 in debt relief to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 in debt relief to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers with loans held …

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials warn of telephone scam

GRAND FORKS ND—A telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain banking information from unsuspecting residents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers nationwide are continuing to receive numerous calls from residents concerned about unsolicited calls from scammers posing as U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Residents are reporting the calls …

Medicare recipients being targeted with ‘free COVID test’ scam

TOWSON, MD—Local officials say scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a fake offer to get “free COVID tests.” The scammers are reportedly calling and running websites, as well as online and television ads to try to convince people to give out their Medicare information. Those who give out their information are seeing fraudulent charges being billed to Medicare. The …

FBI warns health care employees of ongoing scam involving impersonation of law enforcement, government officials

BALTIMORE, MD—The FBI is warning individuals employed in the healthcare industry of ongoing widespread fraud schemes in which scammers impersonate law enforcement or government officials in attempts to extort money or steal personally identifiable information (PII). Authorities say the scammers research background information of their intended targets through a medical practice’s website and/or social media and supplement this information with …

Attorney General Frosh announces formation of nationwide anti-robocall litigation task force

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has announced that Maryland is joining a nationwide Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force of 50 states to investigate and take legal action against the telecommunications companies responsible for bringing foreign robocalls into the United States. The bipartisan Task Force has one goal: to cut down on illegal robocalls. “Robocalls are more than an annoyance, …