In response to the growing number of scams confronting residents, the Howard County, MD, Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) has launched a new “Scam Alert!” website, where residents can learn about the latest and most common scams, how to identify them, and how to report them.
This year alone, OCA has received reports about the following:
Most scams are variations on age-old frauds that have been updated to take advantage of news events or changes in technology. So, the Scam Alert! site also provides visitors with warning signs to help them detect whether a phone call, e-mail or door-to-door sales offer is nothing more than a con.
“We’re telling residents who believe they may have been contacted by a potential con artist to report the incident to the Office of Consumer Affairs using the Scam Alert! website. The Office uses these reports to alert others to the scam and forwards them on to federal enforcement agencies that investigate and prosecute the worst offenders.
For more information on avoiding scams, identify theft and other deceptive practices, contact the Office of Consumer Affairs at 410-313-6420 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.