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The Maryland Comptroller's office has processed some 2 million tax returns so far. But Comptroller Peter Franchot tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that taxpayers should be on the lookout for scammers.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is currently a candidate for governor.

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It might not seem logical, but many are being hit by scams that involve gift cards. AARP reports that one in three adults say they or someone they know has been asked to purchase a gift card to pay a bill or some other obligation. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Kathy Stokes, director of AARP's Fraud Prevention Programs, about a surge in gift card scams.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy has issued a warning about scammers calling people in Virginia and claiming they owe money on their electric bill.

WRIC-TV reported Monday that the callers pretend to work for Dominion Energy.

The callers either demand that a fine be paid or that a Dominion customer pay an outstanding balance on his or her bill. In some cases, the scammers have claimed that customers owe thousands of dollars.

Customers are usually directed to a 1-800 number that is affiliated with Dominion Energy.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn has joined 29 other state attorney’s general calling on the Federal Communications Commission to stop unlawful robocalls.

The FCC is considering new rules that would allow providers the ability to block these computer generated calls.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the letter says many illegal robocalls hide their identity with illegitimate caller ID numbers to con the public.       

One such scheme claims to be from the IRS requesting payments.

Currently, the rule do not allow providers to block such calls.