Congressman David Trone Hosts COVID-19 Scam Prevention Webinar with Hundreds of Attendees Featuring Maryland Attorney General’s Office, FBI, and UMD School of Medicine

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April 24, 2020
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov

 

Congressman David Trone Hosts COVID-19 Scam Prevention Webinar with Hundreds of Attendees Featuring Maryland Attorney General’s Office, FBI, and UMD School of Medicine

 

GAITHERSBURG, MD - Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) held a scam prevention webinar with hundreds of attendees and a panel of experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

This is Trone’s third webinar focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. He previously held webinars on Small Business Resources and Mental Health Resources.

This webinar comes after reports of COVID-19 related scams skyrocket across the country. These scams have taken many forms, including the sale of fake COVID-19 testing kits, the offer of delivering cleaning supplies, and the impersonation of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) personnel. 

“We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and the last thing people should be worried about is falling victim to a scam,” said Congressman David Trone. “Scams have been reported all across the country targeting all people, including small business owners and the elderly. I want to thank the experts we had on today -- the FBI, Maryland Attorney General's Office, and University of Maryland -- for joining me and equipping our community with the information to avoid these scams.” 

Since coming to Congress, Trone has focused on arming Marylanders with the information they need to protect themselves from scammers. In December before the outbreak of COVID-19, he held a Consumer Protection Workshop in Gaithersburg that featured information about how to avoid scams during the holiday season. He has also helped pass the “TRACED Act,” a new law to help combat the millions of scam robocalls plaguing Americans’ phones every year.

The webinar featured presentations from:

  • Special Agent Alfred Watson- Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jeff Karberg - Director, Identity Theft Program, Maryland Attorney General’s Office
  • Dr. Miriam Laufer - Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine

 

You can find a replay of the presentation here. 

You can find a link to the presentation here.

 

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research. 

             

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