Avoid Scams

December 1, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Police Investigating Multiple Scams Targeting Grandparents

Montgomery County police are investigating reports of recent fraudulent activity where residents are falling victim to the “Grandparent Scam.” According to a press release, the scammers have collected almost $50 thousand from the victims within the last three weeks. The scam involves a suspect that poses as the resident’s family member and tells them that […]

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November 12, 2020 | Charles Nyonga

Avoiding Scams During the Holidays

Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) wants residents to be wary during the holidays of suspicious phone calls and emails. Phishing, smishing, and vishing are terms consumers must familiarize themselves with regarding identity protection. These scams may appear to be from legit companies offering customers special deals, but they are trying to collect personal […]

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October 30, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Telephone Scam Leads to $1.5 Million in Losses for County Residents

The Montgomery County Department of Police are warning of a current phone scam that has cost nearly 20 county residents a total of $1.5 million. In a press release, the Montgomery County Police Fraud Unit says that since June, they have been investigating multiple reports of scammers identifying themselves as law enforcement. “In many of […]

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April 3, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments

There is an abundance of information available online about the novel coronavirus and the respiratory disease it causes, known as COVID-19. Our PEG partner, Montgomery College TV, created this video to help viewers avoid scams:       Watch more of MCTV content, here.

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January 31, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Cold Weather Means More PEPCO Phone Scams

As the weather gets colder, phone scammers are using it to their advantage. According to Montgomery County Consumer Protection, we should “expect an uptick in PEPCO phone scams threatening to shut off [our] power.” The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) has been alerted of energy scams like these. On OCP’s website, they say that county residents have […]

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August 28, 2017 | Staff Writer

How to Avoid Scams After a Disaster

Ongoing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding is expected to continue across southeastern Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey, according to the National Hurricane Center. As rain and flooding continue throughout the region, many people are sending money and resources to help those who are impacted by the devastation. If you’re thinking about giving to charity, […]

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