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Attorney General Gansler Warns Consumers About New Utility Scam Don’t be a victim: “Obama administration grant” to pay utility bills is a hoax

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Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is warning Maryland consumers not to be fooled by a new utility scam claiming to provide a federal government grant that will pay off utility bills. “Consumers should never give up their hard-earned money until verifying the legitimacy of an offer – no matter how enticing it may seem,” said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. ... Read More »

Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s Settlement with DP Nets $1.7 Million in Refunds and Cancelled Debts for WV Consumers

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West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw today announced an agreement with DP & Associates of Irvine, CA, that requires the debt collection company to pay a total $1.7 million in refunds and cancelled debts. The company engaged in unlawful and threatening debt collection practices and attempted to collect debts without a license. An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office led ... Read More »

Attorney General McGraw Announces Settlement to Hand Over Rogue GI Website to Veterans Affairs

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West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that the rogue website “GIBill.com” will be transferred to the control of the Department of Veterans Affairs and $2.5 million will be paid to states by the website’s owner as part of a consumer protection settlement with 20 state attorneys general in a bipartisan, multistate enforcement action. Attorney General McGraw, Kentucky Attorney ... Read More »

BBB Warns Consumers About Bankruptcy Firm – Affordable Law Center

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The BBB is warning consumers about Affordable Law Center which claims to offer consumers bankruptcy services at highly competitive rates. Turns out the owner of the company, Ed Jonak, is not a licensed attorney and does he employ counsel admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, where bankruptcy proceedings are handled. “There’s a clear pattern of ... Read More »

Forensic Mortgage Loan Audit Scam Kicked in Nuts by FTC

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation that allegedly preyed on financially vulnerable homeowners, convincing them to pay $1,995 or more by holding out bogus promises that they could help them avoid foreclosure and renegotiate their mortgages. The complaint was filed against Consumer Advocates Group, Paramount Asset Management Corp, National Financial ... Read More »

FEDERAL COURT SHUTS DOWN CREDIT-REPAIR OPERATION

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Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a federal judge has shut down a Florida-based operation that offered bogus credit-repair services nationwide after the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division brought the company’s activities in Arkansas to the attention of federal authorities. Latrese and Kevin Hargrave and the companies they control are responsible for the rectangular red signs that dot Arkansas ... Read More »

Attorney General McGraw’s Settlement with Five Collection Agencies Nets $772K for WV Consumers

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West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw today announced agreements with five out-of-state companies requiring them to pay a total $772,286 in refunds and cancelled debts to settle charges that they engaged in unlawful debt collection within the state. McGraw opened investigations of the companies after receiving complaints that four of them were not licensed in West Virginia and all five ... Read More »

Creative Debt Solutions – Beware of These Apparent Idiots

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A reader brought a debt relief company to my attention, Creative Debt Solutions at creativedebtsolutions.org. Beware and watch out. I took a look at their site and I was very unhappy to find some of the previously discredited tactics being promoted on their site. Just when you thought stupid tricks like novation and unilateral terms on payments was finally tossed ... Read More »

Bogus U.S. Embassy Email Asks for Money – Scam Alert

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A reader sent in the email below that claims to be from a U.S. Ambassador. I wanted to use it to point out a number of warning signs. Starting from the top: The email address this is sent from is not a government address. The reply to address is not a government address. The flag shown is for the U.S. ... Read More »

Debt Collectors Halted From Collecting Debts Consumers Don’t Owe

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Consumers Were Subjected to Collection Efforts for Magazine Subscription Debts They Did Not Owe, FTC Alleges Defendants in a debt collection operation that allegedly sought payment for bogus magazine subscription debts have settled with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC alleged in its complaint that the defendants knew, or should have known, that some of the magazine subscription debts they ... Read More »

Executives at Debt Collection Agency Face Jail Time In Attempt to Defraud Bank. Face Jail Time.

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut David B. Fein today announced that Richard Pinto, 68, of Wellington, Fla., and Peter Pinto, 37, of East Quogue, N.Y., each pleaded guilty late Friday, May 11, before United States District Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport to ... Read More »

James Dimon, CEO – JPMorgan Chase Scam Email Alert

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An email is being sent out to consumers purporting to be from James Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase Bank. The email asks consumer to send $200 in order to receive $5 million dollars. It is a scam email. Don’t fall for it. The email says: From: “Mr. James Dimon CEO” Date: May 10, 2012 Subject: Re: Confirm Chase.com From ... Read More »

Bxsy.biz Best Buy Giftcard Spam Text – Scam Alert

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The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. I received the following spam text message. As you will see this message can lead to possible identity theft and a financial impact. Warn others not to respond to it. This spam text message is interesting in that it instructs recipients to text STP instead of STOP to ... Read More »

Billing Services Group Allegedly Made It Possible For Unauthorized Charges to Be Placed on Cell Phone Bills

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The Federal Trade Commission is seeking a civil contempt ruling against the nation’s largest third-party billing company, alleging that it placed more than $70 million in bogus “cramming” charges on consumers’ phone bills in violation of a previous court order. The FTC is asking a federal court to make the company pay more than $52.6 million, the total amount that ... Read More »

Western Union Payment Office – Email Scam Alert

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The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. The following message is being sent to consumers. The email attempts to spoof an official Western Union communication. It is a scam. From: Western Union Payment Office Subject: Attention; Esteemed Customer, Reply-To: [email protected] Attention; Esteemed Customer, Greetings from Western Union®Money Transfer Agent Location, PO Box 6992 Greenwood Village, ... Read More »

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