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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 »

    Debt Negotiation Business Program – Watch List

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    Steve Notes: The following advertisement appeared online: “DEBT Is HUGE Business-MAKE Money Next Week! Little Known Business! – $300 (Everything You Need To Make Money NOW!) Price: 300 USD Date listed: 1 month, 1 week ago Been downsized? Out of work?One thing is for sure..SO ARE MANY OTHERS!EVERYONE has debt now!! EVERYONE needs help and solutons.This is a COMPLETE HUGE ... Read More »

      Debt Busters System – Watch List

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      Steve Notes I found the “Debt Busters System” as a result of an online advertisement: Powerful Information Based On Proven Techniques And Strategies To Get Out Of Debt Without Bankruptcy. High credit card interest charges are costing you your hard earned money and is only driving you further into debt. With the proper credit counseling information you can easily create ... Read More »

        SCN, CPN, File Segregation and Other Tricks to Hide Bad Credit Are Illegal

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        ‘File Segregation’: New ID Is a Bad IDea If you have filed for bankruptcy, you may be the target of a credit repair scheme called file segregation, SCN or Secondary Credit Number, or CPN or Credit Profile Number. In this scheme, you are promised a chance to hide unfavorable credit information by establishing a new credit identity. That may sound ... 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

                    (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

                      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 »

                        National Bankcard Monitor Gets Their Own Name Wrong and Makes My Watch List

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                        Seriously, when a company can’t even get their own name right on their website, what kind of message does that send to consumers? I was checking out a site for National Bankcard Monitor at nbmsavings.com and noticed the name at the top of the site didn’t match the name they use. The proper name should be National Bankcard Monitor but ... Read More »

                          Bank Enforcement Actions – 9-21-2012

                          Bank Cease and Desist Orders Alabama 2012-182 Southfirst Bank, Sylacauga 8/15/2012 Florida 2012-183 Home Federal Bank of Hollywood, Hallandale Beach 7/27/2012 2012-184 Atlantic Coast Bank, Jacksonville 8/10/2012 Illinois 2012-185 United Trust Bank, Palos Heights 8/15/2012 Kentucky 2012-186 The Farmers National Bank of Cynthiana, Cynthiana 8/22/2012 Civil Money Penalty Orders Texas 2012-187 Milton Yang, Golden Bank, National Association, Houston 8/3/2012 Formal ... 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 »

                              Layaway Express and 123 Layaway Sued by Ohio AG for Not Delivering the Goods

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                              Attorney General Mike DeWine filed suit this week against Layaway Express and 123 Layaway for failing to deliver products consumers purchased on layaway and for failing to provide refunds to consumers. “Consumers have to be able to trust that they will get a product when they pay for something with their hard-earned money,” said Attorney General DeWine. “When companies or ... Read More »

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