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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October 4, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

What you Need to Know About the Equifax Data Breach

Background: What is Equifax? Equifax is one of three major U.S. credit reporting bureaus. The other two are TransUnion and Experian. There is also a smaller, less well-known credit-reporting agency called Innovis (aka CBCInnovis) that operates slightly different in that its main purpose is to provide mortgage credit reporting services to the financial services industry. […]

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June 20, 2016 | Staff Writer

County’s Elder Abuse Awareness Event Focuses on Scams that Target Seniors (VIDEO)

As our local senior population grows, Montgomery County is trying to raise awareness about crimes against the elderly. An event that highlighted elder abuse was recently held at Holiday Park Senior Center. Find out more in this report, below: Visit our PEG partner County Cable Montgomery to view more of its local programming.

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January 14, 2016 | Staff Writer

Comptroller Warns Maryland Taxpayers of Tax Phone Scams

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is reminding taxpayers to safeguard their personal information by being alert to phone solicitation scams. According to a news release, the Comptroller’s Office has recently received calls from concerned taxpayers who said they were receiving phone calls from someone claiming to work for the State of Maryland. These scammers tell taxpayers […]

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August 7, 2015 | Aline Barros

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Takoma Park Police Warns Residents About Pepco Scam

It starts with a phone call from someone claiming to be representing Pepco. The Takoma Park Police Department wants residents to be on alert. According to a news release, police have received information from citizens that a person is calling and saying they represent Pepco to offer services and upgrades in exchange for money. “Many companies, […]

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February 21, 2015 | Staff Writer

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Senior Scams (VIDEO)

Senior scams are a growing threat to senior citizens in our area. Rockville 11’s Morgan Lash reports. Visit our PEG partner Rockville11 to view more of its programming.

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November 30, 2012 | Staff Writer

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Police Report: Scammers (Video)

Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks describes recent scams being perpetrated on elderly residents. Scammers call claiming to be grandchildren in need of money. Captain Starks provides some practical advice on how to avoid falling victim to a scammer. Take a look. Visit our PEG partner County Cable Montgomery to view more of its local […]

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September 9, 2012 | Staff Writer

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Cautioning Consumers (Video)

Ralph Vines of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection, cautions people about hiring unlicensed contractors. This is particularly important as many county residents still are repairing homes damaged in the derecho as well as removing fallen trees. Visit our PEG partner County Cable Montgomery to view more of its local programming.

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July 7, 2012 | Staff Writer

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Beware Of Unlicensed Contractors (Video)

Eric Friedman, director of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection, offers advice on how to avoid falling victim to unlicensed contractors and tree removal companies in the aftermath of the recent storm.

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