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Pet Lovers Beware! SFO Warns Of Pet Scam E-mails

Officials at the San Fransicisco International Airport (SFO) have issued a scam warning about an e-mail going around offering to sell or ship pets from foreign countries to the U.S. through SFO. E-mails are coming from the e-mail address: [email protected] (Really… a account? REALLY?) The e-mails are saying they are from airport’s “Pet Department” and/or “Pet Care and Vaccination ... Read More »

Multimillion-Dollar Medicaid Fraud Settled With $150 Million

Richard West, a New Jersey resident and Vietnam veteran suffering from muscular dystrophy, relies on Medicaid benefits to pay his medical bills. During a visit to his dentist he was told that his benefits has maxed out. Shortly after he said his services were being cut back and he wasn’t receiving the care he needed due to the max in ... Read More »

Grandparent Scam Strikes Again

Put yourself in the shoes of a caring Grandmother. Let’s say one day you receive a call from your grandson telling you they’ve been in an accident and are being held in jail in the Dominican Republic. They want you to keep their little debacle a secret but they need you to wire money to them ASAP to get them ... Read More »

Jersey Residents Targeted By Payment Security Administration Flood Scam

“Tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, oh my!” Since April the East Coast has been hit with a handful of natural disasters that have left many at a loss when homes and personal items have been ruined if not destroyed. The natural disasters have left many scared, lost and vulnerable. Which are three characteristics scammers prey upon. Enter stage left: Financial Recovery ... Read More »

Mepco May Have Been In On US Fidelis’ Scheme The Entire Time

Earlier, in June of this year, we wrote about how the Atkinson brothers behind US Fidelis were handed indictments for felony charges including unlawful merchandising practices, stealing, and insurance fraud. The Atkinson’s sold vehicle repair coverage to consumers but according to the indictments allegedly kept refunds due to clients, charged excess fees not stated in contracts and told clients they ... Read More »

September 11th Con Artist Owes $3 Million For Fraud

mario mastellone

In 2008, Mario Mastellone of New Jersey was convicted after defrauding the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. He was found liable September, 12 2011 (ten years and one day after the 9/11 attacks) to the United Staes for more than $3 million in treble damages and civil penalties. – Source. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was established to help ... Read More »

Could Your Distant Cousin Sue Be A Nigerian Scammer On Facebook or Google+?


Last year an independent movie by the name of Catfish hit select theaters across the country. While I will keep my opinions of the movie to myself the basic premise of the movie gave a new buzzword to the internet community: “Catfish.” Catfish is defined by as being “someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or ... Read More »

Operation Crystal Ball: Family Of “Psychics” Scams Believers Out Of $40 Million

Ten defendants that claimed to be clairvoyants, spiritual advisers and fortune tellers were charged August 16, 2011 in an indictment and further investigation titled, “Operation Crystal Ball.” The indictment and investigation focuses on the fraud committed by a group of individuals (most of which are related) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida claiming to have supernatural powers. These fraudsters repeatedly told callers ... Read More »

Innovative Wealth Builders – Consumer Complaint 9-12-2011


Date This Problem Happened: August 31, 2011 State You Live in: Pennsylvania Age Range: 66+ Total Amount of Fee Paid: $790 Company Name: Innovative Wealth Builders Company Address: Clearwater, Florida Website of Company: Consumer Statement: Received a phone call to help to reduce interest on credit cards. I normally do not talk with such individuals, but the idea of ... Read More »

Consumer Benefits Division – Consumer Complaint 9-11-2011


Date This Problem Happened: September 7, 2011 State You Live in: Pennsylvania Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: Consumer Benefits Division Company Address: Sacramento,CA Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I recently received a notice from a “non-profit debt relief agency” that listed a pre-qualification notice stating I could receive debt assistance up to $27,058. I ... Read More »

American Residential Law Group – Consumer Complaint 9-11-2011

Loan Modification Attorney | American Residential Law Group (20110911)

Date This Problem Happened: November 29, 2010 State You Live in: Arizona Age Range: 66+ Total Amount of Fee Paid: $1,500 Company Name: American Residential Law Group Company Address: 6245 N. Federal Hwy., #401 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308 Website of Company: Domain owned by: Rick Stetkar [email protected] 6245 N Federal Hwy # 401 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 This site ... Read More »

Consumer Benefits Division – Consumer Complaint 9-6-2011


Date This Problem Happened: September 2, 2011 State You Live in: Indiana Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: Consumer Benefits Division Company Address: San Jose, California Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I responded by phone to a letter sent to me on sept. 1 2011. The guy brandon said he could lower my capital one ... Read More »

Consumer Benefits Division – Consumer Complaint 8-31-2011


Date This Problem Happened: August 31, 2011 State You Live in: Alaska Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: Consumer Benefits Division Company Address: Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I received a mailer stating this company could help with me with debt consolidation. The mailer didn’t show the companies name anywhere obvious. I called them and ... Read More »

Personal Government Grants Scheme Exposed


The Federal Trade Commission, along with four state attorneys general, has shut down a fraudulent operation that allegedly took advantage of financially distressed consumers by falsely promising them a “guaranteed” $25,000 grant from the federal government. Several defendants have agreed to court orders settling the FTC and state charges, which bar all of them from the alleged deceptive conduct, ban ... Read More »

Fake Government Marketers Selling Debt Relief and Mortgage Help, Fined Millions


The Federal Trade Commission put an end to three schemes that claimed they would help consumers with their mortgage and debt problems, as part of settlements with defendants who allegedly claimed a bogus affiliation with government assistance programs. Under the settlements, which are part of the agency’s ongoing effort to stop scams that prey on consumers in financial distress, the ... Read More »

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