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National Lottery UK Email – Scam Alert

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The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. The email below is going out in an effort to extract advanced fees from unsuspecting consumers who falsely believe they have won a lottery. It is a scam. From: National Lottery uk Subject: Congratulations!! Reply-To: National Lottery uk Tuesday 10th April, 2012 Saturday, April 7th, 2012 Lottery Result ... Read More »

Michael Smith, The Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment International – Scam Alert

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The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. The following email below is being sent to consumers in an effort to obtain money from them. The email is a fraud. I contacted the company and Peter Yandle, a spokesperson for Fidelity Worldwide Investments said, “Thank you for forwarding to me the scam email that you received ... Read More »

ATM DEBIT Cash Card Payment Notification – Scam Alert

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The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. The following email is circulating and you should not respond to it. Warn others as well. It is an effort to get your personal information or require you to pay money. From: “Dr.Andrew Christian” To: undisclosed-recipients:; Subject: Your Immediate ATM DEBIT Cash Card Payment Notification Reply-To: [email protected] Dear ... Read More »

Watch Out for the British Telecom BT Telephone Debt Collections Scam

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Dealing with British Telecom isn’t the easiest company in the UK to deal with, trust me, I know. It’s the only company I’ve ever called for technical support that asked me if I had a ladder to get up on the roof. So, it’s not surprising that people have come up with a scam that would actually work on most ... Read More »

Saen Higgins Alleged Wealth Without Risk Related Companies Nailed By FTC

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Not long ago I wrote about a relationship between the current Saen Higgins Wealth Without Risk infomercials and a possible tie between Higgins and one of the companies named in the FTC announcement below. You can read my previous article that shows the connection between entities named after Higgins and Family Products, Are Wealth Without Risk Informercials an Extension of ... Read More »

Avoid Free-BestBuy.com Spam Text Message

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Readers are reporting to me a new spam message out today that promotes a new site free-bestbuy.com. This spam message is designed to look like a message from BestBuy.com. It’s not. Most likely people that respond will be charged for a text message, Just as people have reported being charged $9.99 a month after receiving messages from: Short Code: 45244 ... Read More »

Fake CNBC Site Fools Consumers Into Giving Up Information for Breakout Incomes

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A reader sent me in a website to look at It looks like the fake news sites are back up and running in an effort to fool consumers into giving up personal information for yet another sales pitch. This time the site is a total CNBC fake scam site. The site looks legit enough but it’s not CNBC, it is ... Read More »

FTC Goes After Another Alleged Collection Enterprise That Threatened Consumers and Offered Debt Reduction Services

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The Federal Trade Commission recently filed suit against Pro Credit Group, Brett Fisher, Sanders Legal Group, Sanders Law, Andre Sanders, My Success Track, Consumer Credit Group, Dale Robinson, William Balsamo and First Financial Asset Services. According to the FTC court documents, the defendants operated a common enterprise while engaging in deceptive acts and practices. They used an interrelated network of ... Read More »

Sands Tourism – Benjamin & Ryan Holdings Scam – Documentation

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The Sands Tourism, “You’ve Won” scam is still going along and people are still falling for it and losing money. Thankfully a wonderful reader has just sent in pictures of some of the marketing material so I can post it and warn you about it. If you ever get a solicitation that you have won money but need to pay ... Read More »

Free Gas for Life Scam Slapped by FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission put a stop to an online operation that allegedly lured consumers with a supposedly “free” book falsely promising that it would show them how to power their cars and homes at no cost, and then billed them for an online magazine they never ordered. The defendants behind the alleged scam have agreed to a settlement that ... Read More »

BBB Study Finds Big Issues With Credit Repair and Debt Settlement Companies

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The St. Louis BBB recently released a study titled, “Are They Creditable” in which they took a look to see if consumers were being taken advantage of by credit repair and debt settlement companies. They utilized their local St. Louis BBB and national BBB databases for complaints and other reporting sites. Credit Repair Scam A study of the credit repair ... Read More »

Fake Attorney Load Modification Schmuckler Pleads Guilty

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Howard R. Shmuckler, 68, of Virginia Beach, Va., today pled guilty to running a fraudulent mortgage modification business that received substantial fees but actually modified clients’ mortgages in only a few cases. Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP); Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the ... Read More »

Court Bans Defendants from Mortgage Modification and Debt Relief Business

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has imposed a court order with a $3.89 million judgment against defendant Samuel Paul Bain and three of his companies for their role in an allegedly fraudulent mortgage modification and foreclosure relief scheme. The court order also bans Bain and his firms from telemarketing, and from providing, or claiming ... Read More »

Anyone Surprised by This? Companies Claiming to Stop Auto Repossessions Smacked by FTC.

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The Federal Trade Commission filed charges and requested that a U.S. district court put a stop to the allegedly deceptive tactics of two California-based auto loan modification operations. The FTC asserted that the two separate operations charged hundreds of dollars in up-front fees, based on bogus promises that they could reduce consumers’ monthly car loan payments and help avoid repossession ... Read More »

Cash Grant Scam Leads to Millions and Millions Paid to FTC

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Cash Grant Institute Called Consumers on the Do Not Call Registry, Promised Cash Grants That Didn’t Exist In response to charges by the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has ordered the defendants behind a deceptive robocall scheme to pay a total of $30 million in civil penalties and give up more than $1.1 million in ill-gotten gains for violations ... Read More »

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