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Scammers Going to Scam. Mortgage Relief Jerks Stopped From Screwing Over Vulnerable Consumers

Mortgage Relief Scammers Stopped From Screwing Over Vulnerable Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission and the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) are taking action against various companies doing business as Home Matters USA, Academy Home Services, Atlantic Pacific Service Group, and Golden Home Services America, and the owners of the companies, Dominic Ahiga, and Roger Scott Dyer, for operating a sham mortgage relief …

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Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme

Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme

by Craig Silverman and Bianca Fortis To his more than 150,000 followers on Instagram, Dr. Martin Jugenburg is Real Dr. 6ix, a well-coiffed Toronto plastic surgeon posting images and video of his work sculpting the decolletage, tucking the tummies and lifting the faces of his primarily female clientele. Jugenburg’s physician-influencer tendencies led to a six-month …

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CFPB Employees Being Used as Tasty Scam Bait to Steal Money From Consumers

Student Debt Doctor Scam Returns Money to Victims

This week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau confirmed that scammers are using the CFPB’s employee names and imagery to try and steal your money. They’ve heard from people, specifically older adults, who have defrauded thousands of dollars from scammers pretending to be with the CFPB. If someone contacts you and says you’ve won a class-action …

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Healthcare Providers Need to Beware of this Telemedicine Scam Making the Rounds

Dozens of investigations have been conducted of fraud schemes involving companies that purported to provide telehealth, telemedicine, or telemarketing services (collectively, Telemedicine Companies) and exploited the growing acceptance and use of telehealth. For example, in some of these fraud schemes, Telemedicine Companies intentionally paid physicians and nonphysician practitioners (collectively, Practitioners) kickbacks to generate orders or …

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Did You Get Scammed by Benefytt?

The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against healthcare company Benefytt Technologies, two subsidiaries, former CEO Gavin Southwell, and former vice president of sales Amy Brady, for lying to consumers about their sham health insurance plans and using deceptive lead generation websites to lure them in. According to the FTC complaint, Benefytt also illegally charged …

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Who Do You Think Gets Scammed More Often: Older or Younger People?

A paper published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation presents some interesting data that will test your beliefs and assumptions regarding fraud and scams. James Toomey wrote The Age of Fraud, in which the data is educational and surprising. Toomey presents a common belief that people over 65 are more targeted for fraud and scams …

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Harvest Moon Financial, Gentle Breeze Online, and Green Stream Lending Victims Get Money Back

Harvest Moon Financial, Gentle Breeze Online, and Green Stream Lending Victims Get Money Back

The Federal Trade Commission is sending 26,698 checks totaling more than $970,000 to consumers who were harmed by a deceptive payday lending scheme that operated under the names Harvest Moon Financial, Gentle Breeze Online, and Green Stream Lending. Consumers who receive checks should cash them within 90 days, as indicated on the check. Recipients who …

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FTC Returns Money to MLM Distributors Deceived by Earning Estimates

FTC Returns Money to MLM Distributors Deceived by Earning Estimates

The Federal Trade Commission is returning more than $149 million to AdvoCare distributors who lost money as a result of the AdvoCare pyramid scheme. The FTC sued AdvoCare in 2019, alleging that the multi-level marketing company operated an illegal pyramid scheme that deceived consumers into believing they could earn significant income as “distributors” of its …

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