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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Investors, Firms Advised To Be Alert For Possible Fraud Related To World Events

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Delmarva citizens have already been advised to donate wisely and cautiously to Ukraine-related causes, and to make sure the are legit. However, investors and securities firms are also advised to be vigilant about increased threats of cyber attacks and potential investment scams.Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said Wednesday that the Securities Division is on alert…

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“Grandparents’ Scam” Surfaces Again In Maryland

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A phone scam directed at senior citizens has scammed some into surrendering thousands of dollars. According to Maryland State Police, the Cumberland Barrack has received two reports of what’s been called ‘the grandparents scam’ since February 3rd. The cases are similar to others that have been reported in other parts of Maryland and across the…

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Scam Alert: Md. Unemployment Insurance Fraud

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Maryland authorities are warning the public about unemployment insurance scams. According to the Department of Labor Unemployment Division and Maryland State Police, people are receiving emails, calls and text messages from would-be scammers posing as a labor official. A common scheme by text asks the recipient to enter a user ID and password, which can…

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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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Unemployment Fraud Attempts Escalate In Md.

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The Maryland Department of Labor said Monday it has found more than half-a-million fraudulent unemployment claims in the last six weeks. A total of 1.3-million fraudulent claims have been flagged in Maryland since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Larry Hogan said the state has been adding new security measures to prevent, detect and…

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Worcester Co. Warns Of Local Phone Scam

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A phone scam has been reported in Worcester County, where residents have been getting calls falsely demanding payment for a utility bill or a tax bill. According to Worcester County authorities, the county does not call someone to threaten shut-off of water or sewer service. The scam appears to be an attempt to gain personal…

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Md. State Police Investigate Phone Scam

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Maryland State Police say an apparent telephone scam on the Lower Eastern Shore is asking for money, falsely, on behalf of State Police. A resident of Somerset County reported receiving a call from a male, indicating that he was from Maryland State Police. She did not give a donation, and she did not provide any…

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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

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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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Phone Scam Targets Small Businesses

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A scam looks to take advantage of small business owners. According to the Delaware Division of Small Business, some owners have received phone calls claiming to be from the Division regarding an application for a DE Relief Grant. These calls do not originate from the Division of Small Business, which makes contact through e-mail to…

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MD U.S. Attorney warns of coronavirus scams

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Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur is encouraging all Marylanders to be aware of individuals attempting to profit from the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus scams are being perpetrated around the country, including in Maryland. Recently, scammers sent e-mails to people in Maryland, purporting to be from a local hospital and offering coronavirus vaccines for a fee.…

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Delmarva Power urges customers to be aware of scams during holiday season

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, Delmarva Power is reminding customers to always be on alert for potential payment scams targeting customers. Scams occur throughout the year, but the company generally sees an increase in scam reports during the holiday season. With holiday shopping and family gatherings planned, scammers are using the holiday season to…

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Series of scams targeting residents across Delmarva

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A series of scams are targeting residents across Delmarva, prompting local and statewide law enforcement agencies to issue advisories to the public. Delaware State Police issued an advisory Monday following a reappearance of the Mystery Shopper Scam, a scam that uses newspaper ads and emails to create the impression that mystery shopping jobs are a…

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Social Security Scam hits Sussex County

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Scammers are once again impersonating the Social Security Administration in Sussex County, making phone calls and leaving voicemails claiming your social security number will be blocked if you don’t pay up. A Bethany Beach resident reached out to WGMD News, providing us with the following voicemail of a digitized voice claiming that the person would…

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Ocean City Police Department Warns of Computer Repair Scam

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The Ocean City Police Department is out with a warning for residents of the resort town after scammers spoofed phone numbers claiming to be Apple Support. Officers say an automated call showing Apple’s logo, address and a legitimate Apple phone number warned users to return the call because of a data breach. If the victim…

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Delaware Taxpayers Warned of Fraudulent Letter Scam

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FROM THE DELAWARE DIVISION OF REVENUE: The Delaware Division of Revenue wants to alert citizens to a new taxpayer scam that is happening in Delaware. Victims may receive a letter from “The Bureau of Tax Enforcement” that threatens property seizure and wage garnishment unless they call a toll-free number to “avoid enforcement.” “These scam mailings…

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Georgetown Police Warning of Phone Scam

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Georgetown Police are Investigating an attempted fraud where the participants identified themselves as local government officials.  Georgetown Police were contacted Wednesday after a resident received several calls from someone identifying themselves as a Georgetown Police Officer and claimed the victim had an active warrant and that payment had to be made immediately or the victim…

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DSP Phone Spoofing Scam Advisory

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The Delaware State Police are issuing the following advisory in response to a recent phone scam involving a “spoofed phone number”. The Delaware State Police were made aware of two incidents in which individuals received a phone call from a female claiming to be an Agent from Dover, Delaware.  The caller identified herself as Agent Lisa Smith…

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