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More Debt Relief Entities Sued by FTC for Debt Elimination Robocalls

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The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Florida Attorney General have charged a web of related defendants based in Orlando with bombarding consumers with illegal robocalls in an attempt to sell them bogus credit-card interest rate reduction and debt relief services. In all, the complaint alleges the defendants’ robocall scheme bilked consumers out of more than $15.6 million ... Read More »

Trump University Sure Quacks Like a Scam

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Over the years I’ve written so many articles about consumers being induced, duped, tricked, or taken by one scheme or another. Putting aside the Donald Trump, the Trump University case is so seemingly close to many of those other things that caught consumers and left them poorer. Propublica just posted the following article which does a great job of gathering ... Read More »

FTC Returns Money to People Harmed by Debt Relief Scam

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The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 1,630 checks totaling nearly $1.87 million to consumers who lost money to an illegal telemarketing operation, collectively known as Expense Management America, that charged homeowners an up-front fee for debt and mortgage relief services it never provided. Since the FTC brought an action against the Canada-based operation in September 2012, it has obtained a ... Read More »

Debt Relief Scammer Denny Lake Folds to the FTC

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The following legal action by a debt relief industry entity, should serve as a good example of the tie that binds both affiliates and marketers and the company who is providing the service. Denny Lake, the final individual defendant in a mortgage modification scam aimed at financially strapped homeowners, will be banned from selling debt relief and mortgage-related products and ... Read More »

Starbucks App Users Still at Risk of Having Account Hacked

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My friend Bob Sullivan is warning consumers today to keep a close eye on their Startbucks app if they are using it. “…but I’d like to reiterate my warning to the 13 million or so Starbucks app users: It’s *still* not safe to link a credit or debit card to your Starbucks account; if I were you, I’d delete my ... Read More »

Debt Relief Scammer Headed to Jail After Pleading Guilty

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An Orange County, California, man pleaded guilty today for his role in operating fraudulent debt relief firms that offered to settle credit card debts but instead took victims’ payments as undisclosed up-front fees, the Justice Department and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced. Jeremy Nelson, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment alleging conspiracy to commit mail fraud and ... Read More »

Anatomy of a Scam – How Easily You Can Get Suckered

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Here is a great story that lays out how shady telemarketers can convince you to jump into any scam. In my world it is usually some B.S. debt relief effort. Today the most prevailing debt relief product some scammers are pushing is student loan assistance for federal loans. But it is a moving target. In the past the scam of ... Read More »

Debt Relief Telemarkters Added to Suit by FTC and Florida

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The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida have charged a payment processing business with credit card laundering and illegally assisting and facilitating a nationwide debt relief telemarketing scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from consumers. When scammers cannot gain or maintain access to the credit card networks through legitimate means, they frequently turn to illegal credit card ... Read More »

Yellow Book Invoice Scam Resurfaces Again

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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has banned Robert Ray Law and his company, CPU Service Incorporated (CPU) from sending unsolicited direct mail to advertise or promote goods or services, imposed a judgment of almost $400,000, and required them to immediately pay $45,000. In July 2014, the FTC charged Law and Your Yellow Book Inc. (YYB) with ... Read More »

FTC Halts Bogus Envelope-Stuffing Scam

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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted a nationwide work-at-home scam that took more than $7 million from tens of thousands of consumers. The defendants allegedly lured consumers with false claims that they could earn up to $5,000 or more in weekly income by stuffing and mailing “special advertising letters” from home. According to the FTC’s ... Read More »

Nationwide Student Financial Aid Scam is Punched in Face

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Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is taking action to halt a nationwide student financial aid scam that allegedly ripped off tens of thousands of students and families across the country by illegally charging millions of dollars in fees for sham financial services. The Bureau filed a complaint in federal court against the company, which operates under ... Read More »

Four Years Later, Consumers Get Pennies From Debt Relief Scam

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Four years ago now the California Department of Justice swooped in an shut down an enterprise they claimed was taking advantage of consumers who were seeking mortgage modification or actions against the mortgage company. More can be read here. The parties named in the original action included: Attorneys Processing Center, LLC, also doing business as Attorney Processing Center, and Processing ... Read More »

Debt Relief Scammer Banned from Selling Mortgage Relief Services

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A mortgage relief services company and its owner, have agreed to settle allegations that they illegally charged homeowners an up-front fee for help they promised but never provided, and they will be banned from selling debt relief services under a federal court order. The settlement resolves allegations that Wealth Educators and Veronica Sesma falsely promised they could lower consumers’ mortgage ... Read More »

Easy Money Scammers Nailed by FTC

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Eighteen elusive marketers who cheated American and Canadian consumers out of more than $7 million are banned from selling business or work-at-home opportunities under court orders obtained by the Federal Trade Commission. These orders, along with court orders against 14 other people and companies named in the FTC’s lawsuit, resolve charges that the defendants conned consumers into thinking they could ... Read More »

E Entertainment Television And Miranda Lambert Get Scammed to Sell Garcina Cambogia Slim

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The following fake E Entertainment Television page caught my eye as it crossed my browser. The average person is going to be fooled by this scam advertisement. You see, it’s a fake E News site. The site this add appears on is eOnline-Celebrit.com. Sounds legit but the site was registered on May 5, 2015 and the ownership of the domain ... Read More »

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