Felton Police Arrest Middletown Woman for Fraud Through Online App

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Felton Police have arrested a 29-year-old Middletown woman for fraudulently taking $1,480 from someone through an online app. Newport Police took Makenzie Davis into custody on unrelated charges, and then Felton Police charged her with one count of Unlawful use of a Payment Card under $1,500 Unauthorized use of a Card, which is a Class…

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Del. State Police Warn of Phone Spoof Scam

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Delaware State Police are warning the public about a recurring phone number spoof scam. People are receiving calls from a number which Caller ID indicates is a valid Delaware State Police number. State Police said they do not request payment for fines, traffic tickets or bail. Courts handle such procedures, and they don’t do it…

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Felton PD Arrest Woman on Fraud Charges

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A Felton woman has been arrested on fraud related charges. Last Friday, Felton Police were called for a fraud complaint and learned 37 year old Shelly Thompson was caring for a disabled elderly victim – and used his credit/debit card to make numerous withdrawals and purchases totaling over $490 without the victim’s permission. Thompson was…

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Phone Scammers Claim to Represent Constable

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A phone scam is circulating in Sussex County, similar to one that was reported in Kent County in June.Sussex County officials said Wednesday that calls are being placed purported to be from the Constable’s office, and the recipient is told he or she is the subject of an arrest warrant. The caller says the arrest…

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Del. State Police Issue Warnings About Crypto-Scams

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The spread of cryptocurrency has also led to more scams, according to Delaware State Police. Police said Thursday that they are seeing an increase in scams involving the use of crypto ATM machines and fraudulent Q.R. codes. People are being leveraged to send money in these forms of payments during schemes that may include impersonation…

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Scam Alert: Del. State Police Phone Numbers “Spoofed”

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Delaware State Police are investigating apparent phone scams in which callers are spoofing Delaware State Police phone numbers.People receiving such calls have been told they are wanted and owe bail money. But, State Police Thursday said that they never request payment of fines, traffic tickets or bail — such transactions are handled through the courts.Spoofing…

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Del., Md. Share In $1.85-Billion Student Loan Settlement

A settlement with one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers is expected to result in payments going directly to borrowers in many states, including Delaware and Maryland. Navient has reached a settlement in a case that involved allegations of widespread unfair, deceptive and predatory practices. The settlement totals $1.85-billion. Attorney General Kathy Jennings said…

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Recent Md., Del. Scams Harass By Test, Phone

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Scams take no break during the holidays… The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division said Tuesday that a phone scam has been recently reported. Some citizens are getting calls from a number that looks to be from the Sheriff’s Office. The recipient is told that he or she missed a court date, and is…

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Charitable Fraud Abounds, Especially Near “Giving Tuesday”

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Scams take no holiday, and that includes what’s become known as Giving Tuesday. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving often allows contributors to various causes to stretch their dollars through various promotions. However, Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith and Attorney General Brian Frosh said donors should look for common red flags such as a lack of…

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Skimmer Scam Discovered In Pocomoke City

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Three card skimmers have been discovered on commercial gas pumps in Pocomoke City. According to police, the devices were found attached to pumps at the 1,600-block of Market Street, an Exxon station in Pocomoke. Anyone who may have used a credit card to buy gas there recently is urged to contact their local bank or…

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Md. State Police Warn Of Phone Scam

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Maryland State Police are warning of a phone scam on the Eastern Shore. More than 30 people have reported receiving a call which appeared to come from State Police. One of two 410-numbers numbers was displayed, which actually are numbers for the Easton Barrack (410-822-3101 or 410-479-3101). The person who receives the call is told…

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More Trouble with Counterfeit $20s on Rehoboth Boardwalk

This man allegedly tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill at Funland around 9 p.m. this past Friday. He wore a red Chicago Bulls baseball cap, the red/white T-shirt split down the middle and black shorts. Funland did not accept his bill and he tried at least one other business before Rehoboth Beach police were alerted and began searching for him.…

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Md. Taxpayers Warned Of Attempted Scam

Marylanders are being warned about a fake collections agency that’s attempting to steal from taxpayers. According to Comptroller Peter Franchot, scammers are using publicly-available information about liens to notify people by letter that they are a collections agency operating on behalf of the Comptroller of Maryland. Franchot said the letter is not legitimate, and anyone…

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Del. Health Officials Warn Of Vaccine Scam

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Phone scams are already turning up as Delaware rolls into the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program. According to Delaware Health and Social Services, no company can help get confirmation for a vaccination appointment. Delaware Public Health does not confirm appointments with phone calls. Anyone who gets a suspicious call promoting a way to…

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More Phone Scams Circulate In Del.

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Two telephone scams are growing in frequency in Delaware as 2021 gets underway. According to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, State Police and the Department of Correction, callers are threatening probationers with re-arrest for allegedly committing new crimes. One caller pressed a person to deliver cash at a specific location. Scammers sometimes spoof their phone…

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Gift Card Fraud Schemes Continue

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The ‘gift card scam’ has not gone away with the end of the holiday season. Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack have reported an increase in the scheme, which mainly targets elderly residents. The perpetrator tries to convince the person to pay off a bill, resolve a tech support issue or help a…

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Availability Of COVID Vaccine Also Brings Out Scams

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the scammers, especially now that a vaccine is available. According to Beebe Healthcare, you should be very wary of any call, e-mail or text message that asks you to pay money to secure your place in line to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Money is not exchanged in obtaining the…

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Unemployment Fraud Scheme Targets Several Md. Government Officials

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The State of Maryland has uncovered an unemployment insurance fraud scheme. According to Governor Larry Hogan, he was among high-ranking state government officials who were targeted. Attempts to file fraudulent claims using stolen identities were blocked once detected. Maryland State Police and the U.S. Labor Department Office of Inspector General are investigating. Hogan said the…

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Magnolia man indicted in home improvement fraud investigation

The Delaware Department of Justice has announced a string of home improvement indictments, one of which resulted in charges against a Magnolia man who officials say defrauded multiple homeowners. 48-year-old Andrew Masserelli was indicted earlier this month on charges of Home Improvement Fraud and Theft Greater than $1,500 related to a series of home improvement…

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UPDATED: Additional Charges Filed Against Salisbury Man Already Facing Fraud Charges

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UPDATED – 8/23/19 – A Salisbury man is facing additional charges in an ongoing fraud investigation by Delaware State Police.  Police have arrested 58 year old William Carey on racketeering and theft-related offenses.  The original investigation began last September after it was learned that Carey was taking in consignment used motorhomes and travel trailers and…

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OCPD Warns Residents, Business Owners of Counterfeit Currency

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The Ocean City Police Department is warning residents, business owners and employees to remain vigilant for counterfeit currency being circulated in and around Ocean City. Officers say in the past week they have received two reports of counterfeit currency, including several counterfeit 100 dollar bills.The bills are marked as play money with some having Chinese…

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NJ Man Charged in Theft & Credit Card Fraud in Ocean City

Police in Ocean City have been investigating theft and credit card fraud after employees at a local hardware store reported fraudulent charges made in mid-November.  Police learned that the subject purchased power tools and gift cards with a fraudulent credit card – totaling over $1500.  Police determined the suspect is 29 year old Tristin Haynes…

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