Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection

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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December 3, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

County Advises Residents to Beware of Charity Scammers During Holidays

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) advises residents that are donating to charities this holiday season to make sure they are giving to a reputable and registered organization. This year charities have focused their efforts towards coronavirus-related programs such as aid to the unemployed, families of those who are sick because of COVID-19 […]

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June 9, 2020 | Mira Varghese

Office of Consumer Protection Warns of ‘Malicious’ COVID-19 Phishing Scams

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection has warned of increased phishing scams that take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and teleworking conditions. On Tuesday, the Office of Consumer Protection issued a warning via Twitter that cyber criminals have been “ramping up malicious phishing scams.” The global pandemic, coupled with the new norm of teleworking, […]

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November 8, 2019 | Hannah Dalsheim

Holiday Time Means Beware of ‘Porch Pirates’

With the holidays coming up the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection is warning residents about scams that increase during this time of year. The first one involves “porch pirates,” which targets deliveries at home for theft and the other comes in the form of “mock mail” that makes residents concerned about their vehicles or […]

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May 10, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery Week in Review

Mariana Cordier hosts the latest episode of Montgomery Week in Review. This week’s guests are Elaine Apter, Tracy Rezvani, Stuart Rosenthal, and Caroline Taylor. Cordier and the panel discuss numerous topics including: Presidential elections and the Electoral College with Elaine Apter. Avoiding robocalls with Tracy Rezvani from the Office of Consumer Protections. The May issue […]

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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 18, 2018 | Staff Writer

Office of Consumer Protection Revokes Home Builder’s License

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection Board of Registration for Building Contractors has revoked JRK Contractor LLC’s new home builder’s license. According to OCP officials, JRK Contractors constructed six homes in Montgomery County between 2015 and 2018.  The office received and investigated complaints from the owners of three of the houses regarding alleged misrepresentations and serious […]

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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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January 5, 2018 | Michelle Queen

County Report This Week (VIDEO)

Lorna Virgili hosts the latest episode of County Report This Week with news and information for Montgomery County. On this episode, find reports on: MCPS Superintendent, Dr. Jack Smith, unveils his recommended FY19 $2.50B operating budget; County Executive Ike Leggett gears up to host five FY19 Operating Budget community forums; Free tax preparation services are […]

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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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