scam alert

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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March 27, 2018 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

IRS Scam Alert: Erroneous Refunds & Fake Calls

Taxpayers should be aware of a new twist on an old scam involving erroneous tax refunds that are being deposited into their bank accounts. After stealing client data and filing fraudulent tax returns, these criminals use the taxpayers’ real bank accounts to deposit refunds, then use various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers. […]

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February 20, 2018 | Staff Writer

IRS Issues Scam Alert for Erroneous Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a scam that involves erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. One version of the scam, according to the IRS, involves criminals posing as debt collection agency officials on behalf of the IRS.  They contact taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error, and […]

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August 29, 2017 | Staff Writer

Comptroller Warns Taxpayers of Scam Impersonating IRS and FBI

Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot, is urging residents to avoid downloading links to questionnaires that utilizes the emblems from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Internal Revenue Service due to a new phishing scheme. The scam email uses what appears to be an official sign from both the IRS and FBI and prompts users to select […]

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April 1, 2016 | Staff Writer

Police Warn Residents About Speed Camera Scam Emails (VIDEO)

Montgomery County police officers are warning residents about a possible speed camera violation email scam. According to a Facebook post, the department received reports from law enforcement agencies in California and Pennsylvania about a scam involving fraudulent automated speed camera violation emails. For more, watch the County Report This Week video, below. Police say that […]

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March 14, 2013 | Staff Writer

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Utility Scam Warning

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police (5th District) are investigating an incident involving a utility scam in Gaithersburg. On March 8, at approximately 2:43 p.m., officers responded to an address onf Highland Avenue for the report of a burglary. The 93-year-old female victim told police she saw a male suspect on her front porch wearing […]

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