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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

    Big Scam Dog

    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


      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

          Amish Heater Letter 3

          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

            Shocked Face

            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


              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

                Junk Fax

                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 »

                    EZPass Email – Scam Alert

                    E-ZPass Scam Email

                    The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. A reader sent in the following email and wanted people to watch out for it. The email pretends to be from E-ZPass but is actually sent from an email address in Russia, If you get an email like this, delete it, do not click on the link. ... Read More »

                      Work-at-Home Defendant Settles with FTC


                      The final defendant charged by the Federal Trade Commission in a business opportunity scheme that he falsely claimed would enable consumers to earn a significant income by affiliate marketing with websites of well-known companies such as Prada, Sony, Louis Vuitton, and Verizon has agreed to settle. Under the settlement, Benjamin Moskel, a former officer in the corporation, The Online Entrepreneur, ... Read More »

                        Juror Scam to be Aware of Says U.S. Courts – Scam Alert

                        Know who you are really working with so you don't get scammed.

                        The U.S. Courts are warning about something they say is a new scam consumers should be aware of. According to the courts, the juror scam email fraudulently seeks personal information that could aid identity theft and has been reported in at least 14 federal court districts. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, citizens received emails claiming they ... Read More »

                          Phony Payday Loan Lenders Lose Rolls Royce and Ferrari


                          The operators of a Tampa, Florida-based payday loan broker scheme have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely promised to help consumers get loans, but instead used consumers’ personal financial data to take money from their bank accounts without their consent. Claiming to be affiliated with a network of 120 potential payday lenders, defendants Sean C. Mulrooney ... Read More »

                            Foreign Scammers Targeting U.S. Companies Stopped by FTC

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                            In an action brought by the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has banned a Slovakia-based operation from the online directory business and entered a $9 million judgment against them. “The last thing small business owners need is someone trying to trick them out of their hard-earned money,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The ... Read More »

                              Now Here’s a New Scam Involving Your Property Deed

                              Buy Your Deed

                              The BBB has alerted me to a new scam that is really a scam by omission. It seems a mysterious company is using a DC mailing address to send out “helpful” notices to consumers that they can buy a copy of their property deeds for only $83. However what the mailer doesn’t say is most people can get a copy ... Read More »

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