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Arizona Telemarking Scam Leaves 5,000 Out Of Over $6.3 Million

Earlier this month word broke when a complaint was issued against four Arizona LLCs and 11 Arizonians that Arizona telemarketers had defrauded almost 5,000 people out of over $6.3 million. These criminals conducted a scam that used victims’ credit-card limits to determine how much to charge them in setting up their very own “web mall” business that they would receive ... Read More »

Considering Purchasing A Work-At-Home Program? The FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule Is Here To Help

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Business Opportunity Rule has been approved for changes that will ensure consumers have information needed when considering buying a “work-at-home” program or other similar business opportunities. Now simplified are the disclosures that business opportunity sellers must provide to prospective buyers. The disclosures will help consumers considering a purchase of such a program to asses the ... Read More »

Jade Capital & Investments Indicted In Alleged $37 Million Fraud

Jade Capital & Investments and its owners Joon Park (aka Joon Pak / Joon Paik) and his brother Loren Young Park (aka Loren Young Park / Yong Park) have been indicted on charges in connection to a scheme to fraudulently obtain business loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Allegedly, this scheme resulted in losses over $37 million. Associate, ... Read More »

The BBB Warns Of Possible E-Book Scams

According to the American Association of Publishers e-book sales are growing exponentially. Between the months of January and August of 2011 e-book sales increased 144.4 percent to $649.2 million. In February the sale of e-books actually overcrowded the sale of paperback books. Since e-books are expected to be a popular holiday gift item the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has naturally ... Read More »

Holy Craigslist Scam, Batman! Colorado, Beware!

A new fake employment scheme has hit Craigslist and residents of Colorado. Job seekers and the unemployed are being targeted and lured into a high-paying job offer but end up only handing over personal information. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has warned that there is a posting in Craigslist that offers call center jobs (paying $18.50 an hour) in downtown ... Read More »

Must Have Black Friday Shopping Tips!

We are officially one week away from my favorite and most dreaded shopping day of the year. That’s right folks, Black Friday is here! The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has released an excellent Black Friday shopping tip sheet that I urge all of you to read. So here. Read it… “It’s time to start planning your Black Friday, that special ... Read More »

The BBB’s Tips To Avoid Smishing

The Better Business Bureau issued an new press alert this week to alert consumers about ways to avoid being “smished” by scammers. “Smishing” is a new term used when scammers are using text messages to bait consumers into divulging personal information, similar to “phishing” telephone calls. One form of the scam tricks consumers into believing their bank accounts have been ... Read More »

Fraudulent Treasury Strips Investment Program Results In $4 Million Investor Lost

It was announced this week that Tyrone Gilliams, Jr., was indicted on charges of securities and wire fraud for operating a fraudulent United States Treasury Strips investment program. Treasury Strips are securities derived from United States Treasury Bonds. Gilliams is the owner of TL Gilliams, LLC. In the summer of 2010, Gilliams personally solicited $4 million dollars from an investor ... Read More »

Former President And Finance Director Of The Speculated US Posterscope Accused Of A $20 Million Accounting Fraud

Earlier this month it was announced that the former president and finance director of one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies (speculated to be US Posterscope), have been accused of engaging in a five year long $19.75 million accounting fraud. Allegedly the men made it appear that their company was meeting certain performance targets when it wasn’t so that ... Read More »

You Are Cordially Invited To The FTC’s Road Ahead Roundtable

Today, the Federal Trade Commission will host the third in a series of roundtables around the country to gather information on consumers’ experiences in the leasing of motor vehicles at dealerships. The roundtable also will address what has been learned about auto sales, financing and leasing at all of the roundtables; what consumer and business education initiatives would be useful; ... Read More »

Egad, Ecast Owner Defrauds Victims Out Of Over $30 Million!

Founder and former CEO of the technology company, Ecast, Inc., was convicted earlier this month on 15 counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering, and thre counts of tax evasion in connection when defrauding over $30 million from victims. Evidence at trial showed that Cohen falsely told prospective investors – most of whom were affiliated with Vanguard Public ... Read More »

Patient Recruiter Pleads Guilty To Role In Miami-Area $25 Million Home Health Medicare Fraud

Another defendant in the Miami $25 million home health Medicare fraud scheme pled guilty for her participation in the scheme as a patient recruiter. Beatriz Torres-Cruz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of solicitation of health care kickbacks. Torres-Cruz was charged in a February 2011 indictment. According to plea documents, Torres-Cruz ... Read More »

Vanguard Settles With $2 Million In False Claims Act

It was announced last week that the United States and the State of Tennessee will be receiving $2 million in a settlement of False Claims Act allegations from Vanguard and its wholly owned subsidiary, Vanguard Health Care Ancillary. The settlement resolves claims by the United States and the state of Tennessee that Vanguard wrongly billed Medicare for enteral feeding services ... Read More »

Hope Now Schemers Officially Out Of The Mortgage Business

It’s official! The last remaining defendants in an allegedly fraudulent mortgage modification scheme called “Hope Now” have settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that will permanently ban them from the mortgage assistance and relief business. They will also be forced to return any fraudulent-earned gains to consumers. The settlement with Michael Kwasnik and his law firm is part of ... Read More »

Thousands Of Texans Scammed In Credit Card Fraud

Both Nathan Michael and Elizabeth Pickrell were sentenced to federal prison for federal violations in Texas after committing a huge credit card scam. Earlier this year the two plead guilty to device fraud and last week Michael was sentenced to 51 months in prison while Pickrell faces a shorter, 24 month, prison sentence. Both have been ordered to pay $95,407.55 ... Read More »

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