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Kickstarter Project Creator Nailed for Fraud

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In its first case involving crowdfunding, the Federal Trade Commission has taken legal action against the deceptive tactics of a project creator who raised money from consumers to produce a board game through a Kickstarter campaign, but instead used most of the funds on himself. The defendant has agreed to a settlement that prohibits him from deceptive representations related to ... Read More »

    Federal Court Rules Affiliate Marketing Network and its Parent Company Must Turn Over $16 Million They Received From Deceptive Marketing Scheme

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    FTC and State of Connecticut Charged LeadClick Media with Operating A Network That Used Fake News Sites to Promote Diet Pills A U.S. district court has ruled that LeadClick Media, an affiliate marketing network, and its parent company, CoreLogic, Inc., must turn over $ 16 million in ill-gotten gains they received from a deceptive marketing scheme that sold purported weight-loss ... Read More »

      FTC Goes After Vehicle Loan Debt Relief Assistance Services

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      The Federal Trade Commission recently filed a sealed complaint against Regency Financial Services, Ivan Levy; AKA Fidelity Holdings, Levy Fidelity Holdings, Ivan Levy Regency Holdings, BJI Enterprises. The FTC alleges the following in the complaint: “Since at least 2009, Regency, acting primarily through co-defendant Ivan Levy, has perpetrated a vehicle loan assistance relief services scam. Regency preys on consumers who ... Read More »

        5 Year Club Fed Stretch for Mortgage Relief Promoter

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        WASHINGTON, DC – Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP); Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California; and Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General for the State of California today announced that Ray Jan Kornfeld, 59, of Las Vegas, Nev., was sentenced on February 19, 2015, to five years in federal ... Read More »

          Phony Debt Relief Scam Operated From Jamaica

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          Two new defendants have been named in a Federal Trade Commission case against a phony debt relief and credit repair scheme that allegedly deceived consumers about non-existent federal programs to pay off their bills and fix poor credit. – Source The case was originally brought in August 2014 against the unnamed operators of the scam, which operated under the names ... Read More »

            Verve Credit Card, Cerulen Credit Card, and Matrix Credit Card Users to Get Millions

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            Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Continental Finance Company LLC, a subprime credit card company based in Delaware, to refund an estimated $2.7 million to approximately 98,000 consumers who were charged illegal credit card fees. The agency found that the company’s “fee-harvester” subprime credit cards misrepresented certain fees and hit consumers with illegal charges. The order also requires ... Read More »

              U.S. Canadian Telemarketing Scheme That Hurt Seniors – Shuttered & Settled

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              Two defendants who participated in an alleged multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors and withdrew money from their accounts without authorization have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. The settlement orders bar them from using remotely created checks drawn on consumers’ bank accounts, require them to obtain consumers’ consent before debiting their accounts, and prohibit them from ... Read More »

                FTC Warns Marketers About Their Shitty Bags

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                Staff of the Federal Trade Commission has sent letters warning 20 manufacturers and marketers of dog waste bags that their “biodegradable,” “compostable,” and other environmental claims may be deceptive. The letters, which the staff sent after examining the companies’ environmental, or “green,” claims on their websites and in other media, provide examples of potentially deceptive statements regarding the bags’ biodegradability ... Read More »

                  Diploma Mills Halted by FTC

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                  The principal owners of two Florida-based online diploma mills are permanently banned from marketing and selling academic degrees under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. Alexander Wolfram and IDM Services, LLC, and Maria Garcia have settled charges that they deceived consumers into enrolling in their programs by claiming they could obtain “official” and accredited high school diplomas and use them ... Read More »

                    Outlook Email Migration – Scam Alert

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                    Beware of the following email being sent out that appears to come from an official government source. The email reads: “From: Cook, Bryant D Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 2:18 PM To: Cook, Bryant D Subject: Help Desk Dear Email User, Please be prepared for all systems to be offline for maintenance today. We are currently Migrating your outlook account ... Read More »

                      Scam Amish Heater Mailer Makes Me Curious – HS Payment Processor

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                      Loyal readers know I typically focus on consumer debt related issues but this recent marketing piece sent to my dead mother made my blood boil. The outside of the marketing piece clearly appears to spoof an official government mailer. I think it tries very hard to trick recipients into thinking this is critical government mail, maybe from the Internal Revenue ... Read More »

                        Quick, Get Your Shocked Face Ready to Read About Bitcoin Scam

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                        At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has shut down Butterfly Labs, a Missouri-based company that allegedly deceptively marketed specialized computers designed to produce Bitcoins, a payment system sometimes referred to as “virtual currency.” The FTC’s complaint against the company and its corporate officers alleges that Butterfly Labs charged consumers thousands of dollars for its Bitcoin ... Read More »

                          Payday Loan Alleged Dipshits Helped Themselves to Bank Accounts

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                          At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a U.S. district court in Missouri has temporarily halted an online payday lending scheme that allegedly bilked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by trapping them into loans they never authorized and then using the supposed “loans” as a pretext to take money from their bank accounts. The court imposed a temporary ... Read More »

                            Scam Fax Promises Gullible Employees Vacation Package

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                            I just got this fax from my alleged H.R. Department, who is me. But you just know someone, somewhere is going to fall for this crap. This is clearly landing on the fax machines around the country and it appears to just be a pitch for some travel voucher and not an actual trip. You know you’ve got to worry ... Read More »

                              USA Discounters Agrees to Refund $5 Charge Collected in What Feds Called A “Fee Scam”

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                              by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Aug. 15, 2014, 9 a.m. USA Discounters, a retail company that caters to service members, has agreed to refund $350,000 collected as part of what federal regulators termed a “fee scam.” The company also agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty to settle an inquiry by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over a $5 fee charged to ... Read More »

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