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September 12, 2018 | Staff Writer

Victims Scammed Out of $300,000 in Fake Gold Deal

His name was “Mike,” he lived in Gaithersburg, and he had a lot of gold to sell. But two men found out that maybe his name was Mike and maybe he lived in Gaithersburg, but he wasn’t selling gold — he was selling copper, and the victims were out of $300,000, according to Montgomery County […]

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November 29, 2017 | Staff Writer

Two Residents Taken In by ‘Grandparent Scam’ in Two Weeks, Police Say

Montgomery County police say residents in the last two weeks have fallen victim to the “Grandparent Scam” — someone calls a number claiming to be a grandchild who needs money to get out of jail. Each resident has lost $5,000 to the scammer, police said. One victim was instructed to wire money to a bank […]

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November 4, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Top 10 for Oct. 27 to Nov. 2

Our Top 10 stories, based on web traffic, ranged from hospital grades to public safety, from politics to a rabid cat. Here’s the list:

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October 31, 2017 | Staff Writer

Maryland Police Warn Public About Calls From Fake Police Number

Maryland state police released a statement Monday warning state residents about scammers using a cloned state police number to offer credit card services. The full statement reads: Maryland State Police are warning the public about a reported telephone scam in which the caller cloned a state police number for a recording call offering credit card […]

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July 27, 2017 | Staff Writer

Rockville Police Offers Advice to Avoid Scams

Residents can protect themselves against scams, based on information from the Rockville City Police Department. Phone Call Scam A victim receives a call from someone claiming to be with their local utility company. The caller says that they’re about to cut off your service because of an overdue bill. The caller then tells the victim […]

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June 27, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Police Say Gold Scam Targets Chinese Residents

Montgomery County police are looking for two men whom they believe perpetrated two scams in the county where they present a bit of real gold and at the end of a transaction, the scammers have the victim’s money and the victims are left with worthless, fake gold. Police say they have arrest warrants for Xiaoping […]

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May 11, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know Today, May 11, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, May 11, in Montgomery County: 1. Roasting: Kathleen Matthews, the new chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, will be roasted by Alison Starling, anchor at WJLA; Rep. Jamie Raskin; and her husband, Chris Matthews. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference […]

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May 10, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, May 10, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, May 10, in Montgomery County: 1. Scam Alert: Montgomery County police officers are warning residents about a jury duty telephone scam. 2. Talk of the Town: U.S. senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen are sharing their reaction to the firing of FBI Director James Comey on social media. […]

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November 16, 2016 | Staff Writer

Pepco Joins “Utilities Against Scams Day”

In an effort to combat long-running scams that target customers, Pepco is joining a group of electric and natural gas utilities across the United States and Canada for the first of its kind, “Utilities United Against Scams Day.” According to a news release, Pepco along with other Exelon utlities, Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva […]

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October 19, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Five Things to Know Today, Oct. 19, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Oct. 19, in Montgomery County: 1. City of Gaithersburg flags are at half-staff in honor of Councilmember Henry Marraffa. Marraffa passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. 2. MCPS is scheduled to announce a partnership with Common Sense Education at a news conference today. 3. Montgomery Libraries […]

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