March 24, 2021 | Michael Hernández

Federal Trade Commission Warns Against COVID-19 Related Scams

Scams related to COVID-19 have increased rapidly in recent months due to scammers taking advantage of the worldwide health crisis. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as of January 2021, they received nearly 327,000 consumer complaints related to COVID-19. MyMCM spoke with Attorney Roberto Anguizola from the FTC’s marketing department about the most common […]

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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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May 1, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for May 1 in Montgomery County

It is Friday, May 1, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Business Briefing: Council President Sidney Katz hosts a discussion about the County’s response to COVID-19 and the impact on businesses at 12:30 p.m. Email to register and submit questions. 2. Funding for Small Businesses:  The Montgomery County Economic […]

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April 24, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for April 24 in Montgomery County

It is Friday, April 24, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Virtual Friday with Friedson:  Councilmember Andrew Friedson will lead a discussion on managing personal finances during the COVID-19 crisis with a group of experts from discussion with 11 a.m. to noon today. Join on Facebook Live or through Zoom. […]

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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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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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