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Envelope Please! The Top Ten Scams Of 2011 Are In!

Every year the Better Business Bureau investigates hundreds of thousands of scams, from the novel to the old. Recently they compiled and published a list of the top ten scams of 2011 including nine major categories and a “Scam of the Year” category. Curious? Here’s what the BBB has listed: “Top Job Scam BBB sees lots of secret shopper schemes, ... Read More »

Witness Murdered Over $513,563 Bank Fraud Scheme

From May 2009 through November of 2011 it’s been alleged that two men, Tavon Dameon Davis and Bruce Eric Byrd, among others were involved in a scheme to steal money orders and checks from rent deposit boxes at apartment complexes, then deposit the funds into fraudulent business savings, checking and payroll accounts at banks. The conspirators then allegedly withdrew the ... Read More »

Krahl Construction Executives And Employees Indicted In Alleged Fraud And Kickback Scheme

Construction company executives and employees, along with others, have been indicted in an alleged billing fraud and kickback scheme. Krahl Construction’s Principal owner and six of it’s top executives and employees along with two former employees of client companies were indicted for allegedly engaging in a fraudulent billing and kickback scheme. The defendants affiliated (seven in total) with Krahl Construction ... Read More »

Mid-2000s Multimillion Dollar Fraudster Finally Gets Sentenced

In the mid-2000s Clarence Allen Rice, owner of C & J Leasing Corporation, ran a complex, multimillion dollar wire fraud scheme to which he was just sentenced to a term of 70 months in prison for earlier this month. Trial and sentencing evidence showed that Rice suffered over $800,000 in day trading losses in the early 2000s using his company’s ... Read More »

Former Owner And President Of Allied Health Care Sentenced For $135 Million Phony Lease Scheme

Former owner and president of Allied Heath Care Services, Charles Schwartz, was sentenced last week to 195 months in prison (16.25 years) for organizing and executing a $135 million phony lease scheme that losses of more than $80 million and victimized over 50 financial institutions. In April Schwartz pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud but has been in ... Read More »

FTC Continues TSR Crack Down

As part of its ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal pre-recorded robocalls, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking action against an operation that allegedly helped clients make illegal robocalls, call phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and mask Caller ID information, in violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. This conduct generated tens of thousands ... Read More »

Arizona Telemarking Scam Leaves 5,000 Out Of Over $6.3 Million

Earlier this month word broke when a complaint was issued against four Arizona LLCs and 11 Arizonians that Arizona telemarketers had defrauded almost 5,000 people out of over $6.3 million. These criminals conducted a scam that used victims’ credit-card limits to determine how much to charge them in setting up their very own “web mall” business that they would receive ... Read More »

If You’re Catering To Criminals, You’re Probably A Criminal

I’ve never really thought or paid much mind to where a criminal would buy a car. Have you? I mean, think about it, you’d figure if someone was hiding from the police or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that they’d probably buy a car in cash and pay off a dealer to keep it off the records, right? Right. Well, ... Read More »

Home Repair Scheme Targeted Elderly Homeowners

Last week a jury convicted two brothers in Chicago after running and operating a home-repair scheme that targeted elderly victims on the south and west sides of Chicago. At their trial six victims testified that they were swindled out of tens of thousands of dollars by fraudulently promising to perform expensive home repairs, convincing them to refinance their homes to ... Read More »

Online Shopping Tips For The Holiday Shopping On The Horizon

I feel it’s safe to assume that since Halloween is now over we can officially label this time of the year as the Holiday Season! Which I am super excited about! I love Thanksgiving and December’s holidays – mostly for the food – but often find the obligation and burden of buying gifts a heavy strain on my wallet, as ... Read More »

Homeowners In Financial Distress Lose Over $1.2 Million To Mortgage “Rescue” Fraud

To the tune of a MasterCard commercial: $4.7 million in fradulent mortgage loans… $944,224 lost by lenders…. $1.2 million lost in equity to homeowners…. Shameful. Mary Ann Dean and Charles Donaldson pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme of Sunset Mortgage Company. Dean was a loan originator and operator ... Read More »

Citibank “Can You Hear Me Now?”

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Pam and I rode the bike up to the local audiologist yesterday so she could get her custom molded earplugs made for her ipod headset and while we were waiting I saw this on the wall. Talk about targeted marketing. “Hear Now. Pay Later.” Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Read More »

Review of the Credit Offer “101 Reasons to get a Discover More Card!”

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In my attempt to help point out what to look for in credit offers and marketing material I wanted to review the recent offer from Discover. Sometimes the scans can be hard to read so this time I’m simply retyping the offer sent to millions and will comment about specifics of the message and terms. As usual I found that ... Read More »

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