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United Law Group – Consumer Complaint 10-6-2011

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Date This Problem Happened: May 5, 2009 State You Live in: California Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $5,300 Company Name: United Law Group Company Address: 2525 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612 Website of Company: unitedlawgroup.com Consumer Statement: We were told we would be getting a loan modification on the first and second loan we had with B ... Read More »

Modification Department – Authorization Status Mailer – Beware

Modification Department Homeowners Assistance Program

Reports are trickling in about a new letter being mailed to homeowners promising mortgage modification relief. Beware. This letter has all the hallmarks of having a high scam potential. I’ve labeled the area that concern me in the image below. A – Hard to see but it is an official looking eagle. Probably intended to look like government document. B ... Read More »

Amanda Miller’s Rant On Scammers

I don’t understand why people scam people. I don’t understand why people defraud companies. It just doesn’t make much sense to me. Can’t we all just be honest? And hug it out? With a heavy sigh I bring to you today the report of Dinesh Sethi who pled guilty in federal court on September 22, 2011 to one count of ... Read More »

Where’s The Best Place To Get Information To Scam Financial Aid? Jail Of Course!

Student Loan Fraud Is Stupid A former inmate at Leath, Correctional Institution in South Carolina, Michelle Owens, was sentenced on September 28, 2011 for violations of federal student financial aid and mail fraud. Let me start this article off with a small tidbit of information for all of you scamming or thinking about scamming federal student financial aid – don’t. ... Read More »

Are Unemployed Computer Programmers Hacking Your Bank Account?

The term “white collar criminals” always sounded so fancy to me. You know? There’s something that just sounds glamourous about it. But fact of the matter is, there’s nothing glamorous about it – it’s just the same low life scam… in a pretty shirt. Apparently Australia is seeing a surge in white collar crimes due to the world wide financial ... Read More »

The “King of Infomercials” Found Dead Days Before Fraud Trial

The “King of Infomercials”, Don Lapre, was found dead in his Arizona jail cell early Sunday October 2, 2011. Lapre was known for being an early morning television infomercialist (is that a word? It is now) selling a product called “The Greatest Vitamin in the World.” The vitamins were a big scam and Lapre was facing 41 counts of conspiracy, ... Read More »

Fake Debt Collectors Rip Off Thousands

Recently two New York residents, Timothy Arent and Neil Wieczkowski, were convicted of mail fraud and tax evasion for their roles in a debt collection scheme. From October 2006 through October 2009, Arent and Wieczkowski engaged in a fraudulent debt collection scheme. The two illegally purchased debtor information from two former employees of a Buffalo debt collection business and used ... Read More »

It’s Been A Year Since The TSR – What’s Changed With Debt Settlement?

A year ago this month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) barred debt settlement companies that used telemarketing from accepting up-front fees. Although it’s been an entire year since this change we are still see companies trying sneak in those up-front fees with businesses trying to exploit loopholes. The whole purpose of the Telemarketing Sales Ruling was to help consumers from ... Read More »

Romance Scams Shatter Hearts And Bank Accounts

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As a young, divorced, single woman in this country I’ve found it quite challenging to introduce new and exciting potential suitors into my life. I took a long while “off” of dating after the divorce and have recently thrown myself back into the game. Except the game isn’t that easy. Or fun. And I’m pretty sure games are supposed to ... Read More »

High School Aged Man Scamming Anchorage Residents In West High School “Fraud”raiser

Attention Anchorage, Alaska! I know it’s cold up there right now so I’m going to give you a handy quick tip: don’t open your doors! Perhaps I should elaborate a bit… don’t open your doors to a student-aged man collecting money for a West High School football trip to Italy. Apparently there is a young man touring the town asking ... Read More »

Global Points Owner Gets 2 Years In Prison For Wire Fraud And Money Laundering

Stephen Sparks, a business partner of Global Points, was sentenced on September 29, 2011 for federal fraud offenses after pleading guilty in January of 2011 to wire fraud and money laundering. Sparks was given a prison sentence of 24 months (2 years) with a following 3 years of supervised release. Sparks will also have to pay $1.3 million in restitution. ... Read More »

MetLife Securities Employee Defrauds Investors

In January 2011 Mark Edward Salyer of Tennessee was indicted on charges relating to an investment fraud scheme that he orchestrated from June of 2005 until November of 2007. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Salyer was employed by MetLife Securities until 2007 and was responsible for the investment strategies regarding numerous IRA and brokerage accounts for ... Read More »

Maryland Fraudster Gets 6 Years In Prison For Bank Fraud And Identity Theft Scheme

After being convicted on July 5, 2011, Vicente Bilora Mbenga of Maryland, has been sentenced to six years in prison, three years supervised release after and an owed restitution of $27,218.06 for committing bank fraud and running an identity theft scheme. According to court documents and evidence presented at Mbenga’s trial, he participated in a scheme in which co-conspirators contacted ... Read More »

Savannah Man Faces A Potential 750 Years In Prison For Bank Fraud

Savannah, Georgia resident Richard Guerard was indicted by a federal jury on charged that he defrauded over $1 million from First National Bank and other banks between 2007 and 2009. Allegedly, in 2007 Guerard worked as a real estate developer acting on behalf of two businesses and entered into loan agreements with First National Bank among others for the purchase ... Read More »

Evangelical Minister Faces 150 Years In Prison For Selling A Bogus Cancer Cure

Christine Daniel was found guilty of federal charges for selling a bogus cancer cure to dozens of patients across the United States. Daniel faces a potential 150 year prison sentence and $5.5 million for her 11 counts of: four counts of mail and wire fraud, six counts of tax evasion with regard to her personal and corporate income tax filings, ... Read More »

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