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Defendants in Dominican Mortgage Assistance Scam that Allegedly Defrauded Spanish-Speaking U.S. Homeowners Settle FTC Charges

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Telemarketers Who Allegedly Falsely Claimed Affiliation with Federal Mortgage Assistance Programs Are Banned from Mortgage Assistance Business As part of its continuing crackdown on scams that target consumers in financial distress, the Federal Trade Commission obtained a settlement order resolving charges against a nationwide scam operating from the Dominican Republic and banning the defendants from providing mortgage assistance relief. Pretending ... Read More »

Foreclosure Rescue Scheme Company Owners Sentenced to Years in Jail

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Barrington Coombs, 58, of Weston, Fla., was sentenced to serve a year and a day in prison for his role in a foreclosure rescue scheme that victimized desperate homeowners on the brink of losing their homes, the Justice Department announced. Coombs was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra in the Southern District of Florida. Coombs was convicted of ... Read More »

Yellow Page USA Scam – FTC Cracks Down

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Maybe you are getting a flurry of junk faxes like I am from companies pretending they are collecting on invoices due for Yellow Pages advertising. On of the faxes I get regularly is from Yellow Page USA, which is actually located in Dubai, UAE. This and other fake invoices are designed to trick companies into thinking they have open and ... Read More »

CrediSure America is a Scam Says FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about CrdiSure America which operates a site at ftcrefund.com which just whet online recently. The site attempts to sell a $399 credit repair blog and asks consumers for their bank information in order to get a refund due from the FTC for an imaginary refund due. The site describes themselves by saying: Our ... Read More »

FTC Crackdown on Get Rich Quick, Work From Home, and Biz Op Schemes, Sends Message

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Who thinks screwing consumers is a smart thing to do. Only the scammers. The Federal Trade Commission is concentrating efforts to protect consumers from fraudulent business opportunity programs and stomping on some of them very hard. As part of a coordinated attack on deceptive or bogus business opportunity programs, stated and federal agencies have been participating in Operation Lost Opportunity. ... Read More »

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Money Waiting – Scam Alert

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The government agency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent messages that are intended to scam money out of consumers. The OCC says fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and other government ... Read More »

BestBuyDrawing.com – Scam Alert

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The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. The Pitch Consumers are reporting receiving text messages which say they are the winner of a $1,000 Best Buy gift card. This is a scam to get your personal information. If you receive a text message to visit BestBuyDrawing.com, ignore it and report it in the comments below. ... Read More »

FTC Chases Down a Couple More Debt Relief Companies Promising Magic Interest Rate Reductions

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The Federal Trade Commission announced some additional coordinated enforcement actions against companies that promised fraudulent debt relief help and interest rate reductions. Recently I wrote about actions the FTC took against Purchase Power Solutions and The Green Savers. In actions that had been under seal, the FTC announced these additional companies have been targets of their sweep. These additional companies ... Read More »

FTC Sues Another Debt Relief Company – The Green Savers

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The Federal Trade Commission will announce in the upcoming days a suit filed against a Florida company, The Green Savers and Elite Services, Advanced Data Solutions, Christopher Adams, Vikash Jawalapersad, and Pavac, Inc. It seems it has been a busy ten days for the FTC and it’s pursuit of deceptive debt relief schemes. For that I applaud them. Just yesterday ... Read More »

Purchase Power Solutions and Others Sued by FTC

I just stumbled across a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission against a number of interrelated companies. Some of which we’ve written about before and some of which consumers have filed complaints about them with us. The FTC also went for a Temporary Restraining Order and seized the operations of ELH Consulting, Proactive Planning Solutions; Purchase Power Solutions, Allied ... Read More »

Barnes & Noble Payment Data Compromised in CA, FL, IL, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and RI

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The bookseller Barnes & Noble has announced that 63 of its stores were found to have payment terminals / PIN pads that had be tampered with and compromised. The announcement of the tampering says that only one PIN pad in each store was hacked. Barnes & Noble has since inspected every PIN pay pad in all of its stores. The ... Read More »

Attorney General Koster reaches $22,500 settlement with vehicle extended service contract seller

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Attorney General Chris Koster said today that his office has reached a settlement with Carsafe, LLC that will restructure the way Carsafe sells vehicle service contracts and provide $10,000 in restitution. Carsafe, which previously did business as Dealer Preferred Warranties, will also pay $12,500 to the state. The consent judgment against Carsafe prohibits deceptive sales techniques in the sale of ... Read More »

CONSUMER ALERT! Prepaid Cash Cards Lottery Scam Won’t End With the First Loss

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Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idahoans that lottery and sweepstakes scams have taken on a new format that sounds safe, but isn’t, and can lead to continued financial losses. “These e-mail and telephone scams have been around for years, but now they’ve taken on a dangerous new twist involving prepaid cash cards,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Prepaid cash cards ... Read More »

Attorney General DeWine Offers Foster Youth Help With Credit Report Errors

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Attorney General Mike DeWine recently sent letters to the state’s public children services agencies offering help in meeting a new federal mandate requiring youth at least 16 years old and within the foster system to have their credit checked. The mandate also requires the clearance of any errors found on their credit report. “Unfortunately, foster youth can be especially vulnerable ... Read More »

Tampa Man Charged with Organized Fraud

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, today arrested Demetrius Lewis, 37, of Tampa, for one count of organized fraud, five counts of Florida communications fraud and three counts of criminal use of personal information. Pursuant to an ongoing criminal investigation, FDLE ... Read More »

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