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February 11, 2019
Choosing a Home Inspector...or How to Inspect the Inspector
Why you should hire an inspector and how to choose the inspector right for you.
December 17, 2018
Porch Pirates and Mail Marauders
What to know about thefts at your door and from your mailbox, and how to protect yourself against this crime.

March 23, 2018
Facebook and Privacy: A Step-by-Step Guide
The OCP provides a pictographic guide on how to review your privacy settings on Facebook.

March 6, 2018
Advertising Fraud: The Role of Bots in Shaping Consumer Choice
Bots and Consumer Choice: Advertising Fraud, Opinion Spam, or Real Experience Review?

December 31, 2017
The OCP’s Year in Review (2017)
A brief snapshot of the OCP’s achievements and accomplishments

November 22, 2016

Office of Consumer Protection Provides Guidance on Financial Security through the Holiday Season 
Some helpful tips on how to survive the shopping season with your budget, identity, and financial security intact.

September 15, 2016
Solar Energy and You 
A brief summary of Maryland law, the Montgomery County Solar Co-Op, and the options available in the marketplace.

August 29, 2016
OCP Warns Residents of Flower Branch Apartments of Post-Disaster Scams

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August 25, 2016
WSSC has partnered with HomeServe for Exterior Water Service Line Coverage.  What do you need to know?
Update: Councilmember Tom Hucker questions WSSC on HomeServe program at a Transporation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee hearing (April 21, 2017)
June 24, 2016
A Warning About Phony Inovices
The office of Consumer Protection issues a warning to businesses, non-profits and churches.   Read more ..
June 22, 2016
Avoiding Scams: Information for Recent Immigrants & Refugees
What you need to know to avoid falling prey to scams being faced by immigrants -  Unscrupulous merchants often prey on immigrants due to language barriers, a lack of access to dependable legal advice, and inexperience with local and federal law.  Read more.  

April 16, 2014
Office of Consumer Protection and Montgomery County Police  Provide Fraud Prevention Tips
Identity theft fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, and the Washington, D.C. area is not immune.  The Office of Consumer Protection and Department of Police Financial Crimes Section are jointly providing the following safety tips.  Read More

 

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