July 8, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

One Suspect Arrested, Two Wanted for Wheaton Home Improvement Scam

One suspect was arrested for involvement in a home improvement scam that occurred in May in Wheaton. Two suspects remain at large. In May, the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit of the Montgomery County Department of Police (MCDP) began to investigate a home improvement scam that happened on May 4. A 63-year-old resident of Horde […]

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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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February 18, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Detectives Searching for Man Accused of Vehicle Dent Repair Scam in Bethesda

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives are searching for a man who police say committed a dent repair scam in Bethesda in July and October 2020. Detectives were granted a warrant for the arrest of Archie Valdo Thompson, age 33, according to an MCPD statement, for “multiple counts of theft and malicious destruction of property, […]

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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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September 12, 2018 | Staff Writer

Victims Scammed Out of $300,000 in Fake Gold Deal

His name was “Mike,” he lived in Gaithersburg, and he had a lot of gold to sell. But two men found out that maybe his name was Mike and maybe he lived in Gaithersburg, but he wasn’t selling gold — he was selling copper, and the victims were out of $300,000, according to Montgomery County […]

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November 29, 2017 | Staff Writer

Two Residents Taken In by ‘Grandparent Scam’ in Two Weeks, Police Say

Montgomery County police say residents in the last two weeks have fallen victim to the “Grandparent Scam” — someone calls a number claiming to be a grandchild who needs money to get out of jail. Each resident has lost $5,000 to the scammer, police said. One victim was instructed to wire money to a bank […]

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November 4, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Top 10 for Oct. 27 to Nov. 2

Our Top 10 stories, based on web traffic, ranged from hospital grades to public safety, from politics to a rabid cat. Here’s the list:

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October 31, 2017 | Staff Writer

Maryland Police Warn Public About Calls From Fake Police Number

Maryland state police released a statement Monday warning state residents about scammers using a cloned state police number to offer credit card services. The full statement reads: Maryland State Police are warning the public about a reported telephone scam in which the caller cloned a state police number for a recording call offering credit card […]

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July 27, 2017 | Staff Writer

Rockville Police Offers Advice to Avoid Scams

Residents can protect themselves against scams, based on information from the Rockville City Police Department. Phone Call Scam A victim receives a call from someone claiming to be with their local utility company. The caller says that they’re about to cut off your service because of an overdue bill. The caller then tells the victim […]

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June 27, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Police Say Gold Scam Targets Chinese Residents

Montgomery County police are looking for two men whom they believe perpetrated two scams in the county where they present a bit of real gold and at the end of a transaction, the scammers have the victim’s money and the victims are left with worthless, fake gold. Police say they have arrest warrants for Xiaoping […]

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