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February 21, 2021 | Michael Hernández

El Condado Advierte a los Residentes Sobre Estafas Relacionadas con COVID-19

La Oficina de Protección al Consumidor del Condado de Montgomery está alertando a los residentes del condado sobre las estafas de productos falsos, sitios de prueba y disponibilidad de vacunas vinculadas con COVID-19. Las estafas se llevan a cabo a través de correo electrónico, mensajes de texto y llamadas telefónicas donde los estafadores buscan que […]

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February 19, 2021 | Michael Hernández

County Officials Warn Residents About COVID-19-Related Scams

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection is advising county residents about scams regarding false products, testing sites, and vaccine availability linked to COVID-19. The scams are being conducted through email, text, and phone calls where scammers seek to get residents to provide them with money for services or products that do not exist, according […]

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October 16, 2018 | Michelle Queen

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Senior Forum Set for Oct. 19 at Twinbrook Recreation Center in Rockville

Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz is hosting a Senior Forum on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Twinbrook Recreation Center located at 12900 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. The forum will focus on four major areas: avoiding senior scams, fire prevention and safety, public safety in the senior community and spotting elder abuse. It will be accompanied by […]

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July 25, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Here’s What You Can Do to Avoid Identify Theft

U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Maryland Attorney General, Brian Frosh, and Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection Director, Eric Friedman, to discuss identify theft prevention from scammers during the inaugural Consumer Fest. The event, held at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring Tuesday evening, also featured a resource fair for residents to learn more organizations […]

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March 7, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Scam Alert: Officials Warning consumers about ‘Woodchuck Scams’

Last week’s wind storm left thousands of residents without power and a lot of damage to clean up. The downed tree limbs left by the storm across the county are like a jackpot for some criminals and that’s why Eric Friedman, director for the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection, said residents should beware of what he […]

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September 8, 2017 | Staff Writer

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Consumer Alert: Don’t be Scammed by Air Duct Cleaning Services (VIDEO)

Are you considering having the air ducts in your home cleaned. The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) warns residents of deceptive practices by companies that promote their air duct cleaning services with coupons. “Most of these firms do not even disclose their business address on their coupons and receipts,” said OCP Director Eric Friedman. “The […]

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March 16, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Office of Consumer Protection Launches New Program for non-English Speaking Residents

Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer (OCP) Protections launched a new program for non-English speaking residents who have consumer protection questions, according to a news release. Volunteers who are fluent in Chinese, Korean and French will work each week to facilitate communication with OCP investigators. OCP currently has staff who are bilingual in Spanish, who are […]

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February 2, 2017 | Staff Writer

Have You Seen This Box? Then OCP Wants to Hear From You

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is launching a campaign to warn consumers and retail businesses about so-called donation boxes on display in some retail stores and restaurants. These boxes typically post a photograph of a pet or a child, accept cash payments, and offer candy in return. Many businesses in Montgomery County […]

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September 2, 2016 | Staff Writer

County Report This Week (VIDEO)

MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke hosts the latest episode of County Report This Week and this show begins with a report on an executive order that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed this week requiring public schools to begin after Labor Day. There are also reports on Montgomery County Public Schools record enrollment, the need for election workers […]

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August 30, 2016 | Sonya Burke

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Consumer Alert: Solar Panels (VIDEO)

Eric Friedman is the director of the Office of Consumer Protection in Montgomery County. In this latest Consumer Alert, below, Friedman has some advice about how to hire a company to install solar panels.

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