• IRS says phone scam ‘a major threat’

    The callers claim to be with the IRS, say that a tax bill must be paid immediately, and threaten to send police to the victim’s door within the hour.

  • Pepco warns about scam targeting customers

    WASHINGTON — Pepco says scammers are targeting its customers by visiting their house and telling them that they will shut off electric service unless they submit payment immediately. In the scam, criminals impersonating utility workers…

  • E-ZPass holders targeted in scam

    WASHINGTON — Scammers are targeting area E-ZPass holders with a phishing scheme that claims drivers owe money on their accounts, warns AAA Mid-Atlantic. According to AAA, cyber criminals have sent official-looking emails to E-ZPass customers…

  • 2 Norfolk men charged with operating classic car scam

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Norfolk men face charges of operating a classic car scam. Anthony Newton and Shaquana Taylor are charged with 10 felonies, including wire fraud and illegally structuring transactions to evade reporting…

  • Convincing scam delivered to Montgomery County mailboxes

    WASHINGTON — Maryland officials are asking Montgomery County homeowners to check their mail piles. They say a letter sent last month, which looks official, is actually a scam. The state flag is the first thing homeowners saw when…

  • Williamsburg man pleads guilty in timeshare scheme

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Williamsburg man faces more than 30 years in prison for a timeshare scheme that cost resorts more than $800,000. Fifty-six-year-old Keith D. Kosco pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy…

  • Column: Beware of the latest tech support scam

    Q: When I searched Google for the tech support number for Norton Antivirus, the person that answered sounded extremely foreign and wanted my credit card number, so I hung up.  How can I get the…

  • Tips to avoid falling for a snow scam

    WASHINGTON – With all the fallen snow, don’t be surprised if you get a knock on the door from someone offering to clean the snow or help you with home repairs caused by snow and…

  • Phone scams back in Montgomery County

    WASHINGTON — Scammers aren’t renowned moralists, and in Montgomery County they’re back with a shameless old trick to cheat people out of their money. The telephone scams tug at the heartstrings by laying out a…

  • Tips to avoid getting scammed on Cyber Monday

    The Monday after Thanksgiving is serious business. But amid the good deals, the scammers are waiting for you, too.

  • ‘Mystery shopper’ scam making rounds again

    The \”Mystery Secret Shopper\” scam is nothing new. But it is making the rounds again and victims are forking over thousands of dollars before they realize it\’s a fraud.

  • Scam targets Washington Post readers

    The Washington Post is alerting its subscribers to a scam
    aimed at getting the members to pay a third party for the renewal of the

  • IRS scam bilks victims for $5 million

    The IRS has issued a consumer alert after more than 1,000 victims have lost up to $5 million to a phone scam.

  • Scammers posing as police target Alexandria

    Alexandria police say they\’ve received more than 20 calls from residents
    reporting a phone scam in the area.

  • Howard County police: con-man may be preying on elderly

    A Virginia man has been arrested for scamming an elderly woman out of cash by bullying her and police say there could be more elderly victims of a scam based upon on intimidation. One man is in custody but another is still wanted by police.