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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 »

            Goddard Warns Consumers about Credit Union Text Message, Phone Solicitation Scam

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            (Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2010)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded consumers about a “phishing” scam purported to be from Credit Union West, a Glendale-based financial institution, requesting personal information.  Over the last several months, the Attorney General’s Office has seen an increase in calls regarding this particular scam.Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers have received text messages stating that ... Read More »

              MCDANIEL SUES FIVE TELEMARKETING COMPANIES

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              Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today filed lawsuits against five Florida-based companies accused of engaging in telemarketing tactics that violated multiple federal and state laws. The five lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, claim the defendants made automated, prerecorded calls to Arkansas consumers for the purpose of offering to reduce interest rates on credit cards. According to the ... Read More »

                Goddard Warns Consumers about ‘Skimmers’ on Gas Pumps, ATMs

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                (Phoenix, Ariz. – July 16, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers about credit and debit card “skimming” which has become increasingly prevalent in Arizona in recent months. Skimming involves the use of an inconspicuous electronic device that thieves can install on gas pumps or bank ATMs. Essentially, these small devices record your credit or debit card number off ... Read More »

                  Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Arrests of Four Individuals in Northern California Real Estate Scheme

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                  September 21, 2012 Contact: (415) 703-5837 SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrest Thursday of four suspects who have been charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and elder abuse for operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked dozens of investors of over $ 2.3 million. The arrest declaration alleges that Gold Country Lenders, a real estate company in Grass ... Read More »

                    Attorney General McGraw Warns of Telephone Scam Targeting Travelers

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                    West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning travelers to be on guard due to a scam making an increased appearance in the hospitality industry. Travelers are experiencing convincing calls from scammers attempting to obtain credit card information. This scam is targeting guests staying in hotel rooms. Individuals receive a telephone call from the thief who claims to be an ... Read More »

                      Detroit-Area Doctor Charged for Role in Alleged $40 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

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                      According to a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Dr. Hicham Elhorr, 45, masterminded a $ 40 million scheme involving the submission of fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare for services that were medically unnecessary and/or never provided through House Calls Physicians (HCP), a physician home visiting service he owned and operated. Read the full story at ... Read More »

                        Bullshit Platinum Credit Card Selling Leads to Millions Paid in Fines to FTC

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                        The operators of a Philadelphia-based telemarketing scheme will pay more than $7.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they peddled bogus “platinum” credit cards and illegally debited consumers’ bank accounts. Under a settlement with the FTC, Blake Rubin, Chase Rubin, and Justin Diaczuk — the individuals allegedly behind the Platinum Trust Card and Express Platinum Card scam — ... Read More »

                          Alabama Defendants Sentenced in a Multi- Million Dollar Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

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                          Three defendants involved in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme were sentenced today in the Middle District of Alabama, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Chiquanta Davis received a prison term of 66 months, Terrence Davis was sentenced to 18 months in jail and Laurekshia Blakely received a six month prison sentence. All three were ... Read More »

                            California Mass Joinder Attorney Anthony Kassas Fails to Show Up for His Own Trial

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                            From the State Bar of California. A Diamond Bar, California attorney accused of a massive loan modification scam that victimized more than 50 distressed homeowners is facing disbarment by default. Anthony J. Kassas, 35, [Bar # 227647] was the subject of the most extensive disciplinary charging document in recent State Bar history – 285 counts of misconduct involving 56 clients, ... Read More »

                              Watch Out and Warn Others About Twitter Identity Theft on Tvivvter.com

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                              I just received the following Twitter message. When I clicked on the link it took me to a page for a site that spoofs the Twitter site and asks you for your credentials. Entering your Twitter information here (http://tvivvter.com/log%20in/bh/?&session_timed_out) will lead to it being given over to a spoofer. As you can see, if you are not careful, you might ... Read More »

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