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Clever Pre-Paid Card Scam Hits Canada

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It appears that some crooks are not stupid. In the latest frauds, investigators believe the suspects are snapping up prepaid “Vanilla” Mastercard or “Treat” VISA cards, widely available at gas stations and convenience stores, and sometimes using counterfeit credit cards to buy them. Criminals then alter the magnetic data encoding on the prepaid cards to that of a stolen credit ... Read More »

Interesting Twist. Restaurants That Owe Loansharks Give Up Customers Credit Card Numbers to Crooks

This is yet another classic example of why I find it so ironic that people are afraid to use their credit cards online but think nothing of using it locally. It’s not the online world you need to worry about. Who would have expected this? A New Jersey loansharking operation that lent money to struggling restaurants in Essex, Morris and ... Read More »

Exotic Dancer Opens Foreclosure Avoidance Company, Advertises on Gospel, Partner Punches Lawyer in Face

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LOL, OMG, you can’t make this stuff up. A Maryland woman who stole millions from Washington area homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure is a “vulture” whose case should serve as a warning to other con artists, a federal judge said yesterday before imposing a sentence of more than 12 years. Joy Jackson, 41, a former exotic dancer who became president ... Read More »

Illinois Attorney General Madigan Sues Company Making Debt Reduction Promises

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit targeting a telemarketing scam that promises to immediately reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates but ultimately fails to achieve any savings for consumers. “During these difficult economic times, consumers are understandably looking for ways to ease the burdens of rising debt,” Madigan said. “But I urge consumers to be wary when ... Read More »

California Arrests Dude Operating “No FICO” Credit Card & Credit Repair Scam While Out on Bail

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California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently announced that agents from his office and the Santa Ana Police Department have arrested a “serial con artist” who defrauded hundreds of people by charging them $500 to apply for credit cards that did not exist. Ralph Adam Rendon, 33, of Orange County, was arrested late last week on suspicion of grand ... Read More »

Paul Reddam, Race Horse Stable Owner, Founder of DiTech, Slapped By California AG for CashCall

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Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today forced CashCall, Inc., an Anaheim-based fast-money lender, to stop using “loan shark tactics” in collecting debt, including abusive calls at all hours of the day and night and empty threats of law enforcement action. The court-ordered judgment also forces CashCall to stop misleading consumers with deceptive advertising and pay $1 million in civil ... Read More »

NASCAR Ponzi Scam Nabs Drivers

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“Basically, the Ponzi scheme made investors believe that they could get them a guaranteed return on their investment up to 40.8 percent and they got them to invest their money and then used their money for their own personal gain. Our investigation is still in the process of collecting evidence and sorting through the different computers and everything else we ... Read More »

Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scam Closed

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court judge has imposed a telemarketing ban on a Canadian operation that targeted U.S. consumers with false claims that it could reduce their credit card interest rates. The court entered a permanent injunction that puts the defendants out of the telemarketing business and also bars them from misrepresenting that ... Read More »

New Scam to Watch Out For: [email protected] & the Rental Scam

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I had a friend start to get sucked in on a rental scam that goes like this. Vivian Coleman or Vivian Coleman posts a well written advertisement for a sublease of a beautiful furnished apartment for a below market rate. She says that she and her husband have been relocated out of the area and they are looking for someone ... Read More »

Mug Shots of People Arrested For Forgery, Writing Bad Checks, And Credit Card Theft

Write a Bad Check For Fun, Profit And a Surprise.

In a bad economy, people do desperate and often very silly things to get by. Please don’t think that financial fraud is the way to make ends meet when things are tight. If you can’t afford your life, please ask me for help and advice rather than following the path these people did recently. Mug Shots Read More »

People Do Stupid Things to Get Out of Debt. Postal Worker Sent to Jail.

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It never surprises me anymore to hear the silly things that people do to get out of debt. It easily ranges from outright theft, embezzlement, credit fraud, identity theft, etc. But it does always surprises me to hear people say they are so paranoid about identity theft that they refuse to use a credit card on the Internet, yet they ... Read More »

New Scam Aimed At Desperate Consumers Looking For Government Loan or Free Government Money

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According to the Federal Reserve, con-artists have unleashed a new scam aimed at consumers in financial trouble or desperate for a loan. The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday alerted the public to instances of questionable solicitations directed at consumers. These solicitations promise consumers access to personal loans through a nonexistent Federal Reserve lending program. Under this fraudulent scheme, targeted individuals ... Read More »

Family Finances: When you’re desperate, look out for fraud

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At a recent home show, we were grabbed by a debt settlement company salesperson who offered to save us at least 40 percent in our effort to get out of debt -- not that we have any. Another salesperson hawked a software program that would direct us ... Read More »

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