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MD's Attorney General, Brian Frosh and CyberSecurity Expert Joe Carrigan presented a webinar on "Cyber Criminals are Looking for You" where they discussed cyber scams and ways to protect yourself online. Click here for the recorded webinar.

Consumer Scam Help

The IRS issued a warning about COVID related text message scam trying to get consumers' bank account information. 

Federal Trade Commission's Tips for Online Security While Working from Home

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) warns that it may be harder to help our family and friends avoid scams
as we avoid personal contact. Please talk to your family and friends and educate yourself on the scams that have arisen from this crisis.

USDA issued a warning that unscrupulous individuals may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to create a scam targeting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in order to steal personal information . For more information, click here.

National Consumer Law Center has compiled an article, which lists actions Congress, governors, federal and state agencies, and businesses are taking to protect consumers in light of the COVID-19 epidemic. These actions include suspensions on foreclosures, evictions, and terminations of telecommunications and utility service, elimination of interest and forbearance on student loan payments, limits on debt collection, and more

Maryland's Department of Labor, Financial Regulation Division, has tips to avoid COVID 19 related scams along with ways to manage your bank accounts.

The Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office has issued a warning on price gouging. Price gouging refers to sellers attempting to take unfair advantage of consumers during the COVID–19 emergency by excessively increasing prices for essential consumer goods and services and in many cases is illegal. For more information or to file a complaint on price gouging,
click here.

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