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Foreign Scammers Targeting U.S. Companies Stopped by FTC

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In an action brought by the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has banned a Slovakia-based operation from the online directory business and entered a $9 million judgment against them. “The last thing small business owners need is someone trying to trick them out of their hard-earned money,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The ... Read More »

Now Here’s a New Scam Involving Your Property Deed

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The BBB has alerted me to a new scam that is really a scam by omission. It seems a mysterious company is using a DC mailing address to send out “helpful” notices to consumers that they can buy a copy of their property deeds for only $83. However what the mailer doesn’t say is most people can get a copy ... Read More »

Scammers Prove They Are Assholes

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According to the Federal Trade Commission new scam emails are being sent out that try to trick people into clicking on links that will download malware to their computers. The latest scam takes the trick to a new low. Scammers are sending bogus emails with the subject line “funeral notification.” The message appears to be from a legitimate funeral home, ... Read More »

Affiliate Marketer Settles With FTC for All He Made

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An affiliate marketer has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he was responsible for sending millions of unwanted text messages to consumers that deceptively promised “free” gift cards and electronics. The marketer, Jason Q. Cruz of West Bend, Wisc., was a subject in a series of FTC complaints targeting the senders of deceptive spam text messages. In its ... Read More »

FBI Scam Email

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SCAM Alert! Beware of the following scam email making the rounds: “From: “Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI)” Date: December 31, 2013 at 8:53:45 PM EST To: BCC Subject: Re:Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Reply-To: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC Dear Beneficiary, Series of meetings have been held over the ... Read More »

Loan Scammers Turn Around and Get Nailed Again by FTC

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court judge in Florida has issued a contempt order against Bryon Wolf and Roy Eliasson, two key individuals who operated a deceptive marketing scheme since 2009. According to the order, the defendants violated a December 2008 permanent injunction and final order that barred them from making a range of ... Read More »

Mortgage Relief Scams Pay Millions to FTC

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The South Florida-based defendants in an alleged mortgage relief scam will surrender their assets and be banned permanently from providing mortgage relief and debt relief services to consumers under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment to date against a purported mortgage assistance relief provider. In 2012, as part of the Distressed Homeowner ... Read More »

FTC Nails American Mortgage Consulting Group and The Debt School

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The defendants in two separate alleged scams have settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission and will be banned from providing mortgage- and debt-relief services. The cases are part of the FTC’s continuing crackdown on scams targeting consumers in financial distress, including debt relief and credit repair scams, and mortgage relief scams. American Mortgage Consulting Group; Home Guardian Management Solutions: ... Read More »

California Foreclosure Rescue Scammer Headed to Jail

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Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Melinda Haag, United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, today announced that on November 26, Walter Bruce Harrell, 72, of Montara, Calif., was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for bankruptcy fraud and for providing false statements in ... Read More »

Two More Settle with FTC over I Works

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Two key players in the I Works scheme that allegedly took more than $275 million from consumers via deceptive “trial” memberships for bogus government-grant and money-making schemes have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated federal law. Bryce Payne and Kevin Pilon, along with Jeremy Johnson and seven others, were named in a complaint the FTC filed ... Read More »

Final Defendants Banned from Debt Relief Services in Bogus “Rachel Robocall” Scam

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The final six of 10 defendants named in an alleged “Rachel from Cardholder Services” scam have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers with bogus claims that they would lower their credit card interest rates. The FTC settlement bans Emory L. “Jack” Holley IV, Lisa Miller, and the remaining corporate defendants from telemarketing and marketing debt ... Read More »

Text Spammers Banned by FTC

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A group of affiliate marketers has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they blasted consumers with more than 30 million deceptive spam text messages and directed recipients of the spam text messages to deceptive websites. Cresta Pillsbury, Jan-Paul Diaz, Joshua Brewer and Daniel Stanitski, and their company Ecommerce Merchants, LLC, which did business as Superior Affiliate Management, were ... Read More »

Business Recovery Services Banned by Scam

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An operation that allegedly bilked consumers by falsely claiming it could help them recover money they lost in previous scams will be banned from selling recovery services under a default judgment against Business Recovery Services LLC and a consent judgment against its owner, Brian Hessler. The judgments permanently ban the defendants from selling any services that are represented to recover ... Read More »

FTC Cracks Down on Yellow Page Scam

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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal judge has temporarily halted, and frozen the assets of, a Montreal operation that bilked more than $14 million from small businesses and churches in the United States for unwanted listings in online business directories. The FTC seeks to permanently stop the illegal practices and make the defendants return victims’ money – the ... Read More »

Fake Payday Loan Collectors Halted by Court

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation based in Atlanta and Cleveland that allegedly used deceptive and threatening tactics to collect phantom payday loan “debts” that consumers either did not owe, or did not owe to the defendants. The court order freezes the defendants’ assets to preserve the possibility of providing ... Read More »

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