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  • A Day In the Life of A Debt Collector

    An Account From a Real-Life Collector I arrive at work with a long list of people to call, knowing that if all goes well, I may call 125 people today. Today, I’ll hear stories of businesses gone...

    • Posted January 4, 2016
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  • Arkansas DEA Extortion Scam Alert!

    The Eastern District of Arkansas put out a scam alert this week to inform residents that impersonators are contacting citizens in the Little Rock district posing as DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents and extorting them. Anyone that...

    • Posted January 27, 2012
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  • Return-A-Pet Scam Preys On Victims Of Lost Pets

    It’s annual pet scammer week! That’s a lie. But it sure feels like it. Eric Stein was charged with running an investment scam through Return-A-Pet LLC. Return-A-Pet was a New York company that allegedly facilitated the return...

    • Posted January 27, 2012
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  • BBB Warns Of Phony Puppy Purchases

    As an avid animal lover I believe there’s a special place in hell for pet scammers. No, not people that scam your pets, people that are scammer prospective pet buyers. I will refrain from getting on my...

    • Posted January 27, 2012
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  • Super Bowl Scams On The Rise

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL…. scams? The Better Business Bureau (BBB) publicly announced a warning to consumers this week to be on high alert for super bowl scams; specifically knock-off team jerseys, counterfeit memorabilia and phony...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • Consumer Warning: Bureau Of Prescription Health Charging For Free Assistance

    If you’ve been doing business or contemplating doing business with the Missouri-based Bureau of Prescription Health the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising consumers to avoid this company. The Bureau of Prescription Health sounds like a trustworthy...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • Tax Refund Check Cashing Scheme Hits Southern Florida

    As tax season rolls around it’s no surprise to see tax refund check cashing schemes arising in the news. Announced Monday was the filing of a criminal Information charging defendants Wilson Lau, and his wife, Kate Yuee...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • FTC Halts Fake News Sites About Deceitful Acai Berry Weight-Loss Products

    We’ve covered the deceitful acai berry weight-loss products over the past year on our site (see here, here and here). It was announced on Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stopped six operators from using...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • Raleigh Native Indicted In Connection With Fraud And Extortion

    The former President of Encap Golf Holdings LLC (“Encap”), William Gauger III, was indicted this week for his participation in a scheme to extort approximately $100,000 from a financial consultant and a fraudulent invoicing scheme relating to...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Whole Bakers’ Bread And Butter Is Fraud

    Whole Bakers owner, Patricia “Patty” Stewart, was sentenced yesterday to the statutory maximum of 60 months in federal prison for running an investment fraud scheme. The scheme defrauded investors, including elderly Texas citizens, of more than $2...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • A 25 Count Indictment For Investment Scheme Fraudster Announced

    A federal grand jury in Pheonix returned a 25 count indictment against Gerald Lee Kelly on four counts of wire fraud, six counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of money laundering and five counts of structuring financial...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Ways to Save Money for Frugal Living While Having Fun and a Budget

    You don’t need to be a financial genius or fiscally sound in order to save money. In fact, anyone can save! Anyone with the ability and willingness to save can be a master saver. Taking a few...

    • Posted January 24, 2012
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  • Final MTA Debt Collection Fraudster Pleads Guilty

    The last defendant in the MTA debt collection scheme has pleaded guilty. Paul Anthony Vasquez pleaded guilty on January 17, 2012 to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering. Vasquez also agreed to pay...

    • Posted January 24, 2012
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  • Talk Show Host And Financial Advisor Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme

    Wednesday marked the announcement that Anthony Cutaia was sentenced to 51 months in prison for mail fraud “Ponzi” investment scheme. Cutaia had pled guilty in July 2011 to Count 2 of a Criminal Information filed in June...

    • Posted January 24, 2012
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  • Corrupt Criminal Club: Member’s Only

    On Wednesday of last week word broke about the largest insider trading scheme involving single stock charged to date. Three defendants have pled guilty and are cooperating with the government’s investigating a scheme that allegedly netted more...

    • Posted January 24, 2012
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