Office of Consumer Protection

March 1, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

County Celebrates National Consumer Protection Week With Virtual Events

Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will host a variety of virtual informative webinars from Feb. 28 to March 6 for National Consumer Protection Week. The free webinars aim to help community members understand their consumer rights and decide how to make well-informed decisions regarding their money.  The […]

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April 3, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Reportan Fraudes sobre Tratamientos, Pruebas y Vacunas de Coronavirus

Lorena Bailey investigadora de la Oficina de Protección al Consumidor del Condado de Montgomery advirtió a los consumidores, a través de una entrevista telefónica para MyMCMedia, sobre las estafas que ya se han presentado relacionadas a la crisis de salud COVID-19. Bailey explica cuáles son las estafas más comunes, las señales que indican que puede […]

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November 20, 2019 | Staff Writer

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County Warns Residents About Calls Soliciting Donations to Benefit Volunteer Firefighters

If you receive a phone call soliciting a donation to benefit local volunteer firefighters, you may want to think twice. Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is warning residents about telemarketing calls from a business soliciting donations to benefit local volunteer firefighters. The County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) has entered into a settlement […]

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March 8, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for March 8 in Montgomery County

Today is Friday, March 8. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. National Consumer Protection Week: Staff from the Office of Consumer Protection will be at the Gaithersburg Library from 1 to 3 p.m. today. Stop by to learn about the OCP’s tools and resources to help residents avoid scams, identity theft […]

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March 7, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery Week in Review

Mariana Cordier hosts the latest episode of Montgomery Week in Review. Guests include Jane de Winter, Tracy Rezvani, Phil Andrews, and Stuart Rosenthal. Cordier and the panel discuss numerous topics during the show. Jane de Winter discusses the status of equal pay for equal work with the panel. Next Tracy Rezvani lets us know what […]

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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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January 11, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for Jan. 11 in Montgomery County

It’s Friday, Jan. 11, and here are five things you need to know: 1. Shutdown Social: Federal workers, contractors and their families, and the community are invited to a dinner organized by Councilmember Tom Hucker tonight at Blair High School cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more here and RSVP here. 2. Antonio Salazar Meeting: […]

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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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April 27, 2017 | Staff Writer

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Consumer Alert: Don’t Be Scammed (VIDEO)

Spring is the time of year when many residents are working on outdoor, home improvement projects. “This is also the time that scammers show up, ” said Joy Matthews, an investigator from the Office of Consumer Protection. Find out more in this Consumer Alert, below:

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