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Colorado Attorney General Reaches Settlement With Identity Theft Scammer

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that attorneys from the office’s Consumer Protection Section have reached a settlement with Donald Sterling Whitlock (DOB: 5/6/1970) that secured full restitution for the victims of his elaborate identity theft and commercial-lending scheme. The State had originally also charged his wife Erin Whitlock in the scam but she was dropped from the suit. ... Read More »

    Loan Modification Company Operating Out of Mailbox at UPS Store is a Scam

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    Federal prosecutors have indicted two San Diego men featured in an ABC News investigation for their role in allegedly defrauding desperate homeowners trying to modify their mortgages. Investigation uncovers businesses posing as something they’re not. Glenn Rosofsky and Michael Trap, who ran a business called Nations Housing Modification Center, are charged with duping homeowners who were falling behind on their ... Read More »

      California Shuts Down Scam Foreclosure Relief Companies

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      California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today shut down two fraudulent foreclosure-assistance companies and secured a court judgment that prohibits three individuals from working in the real estate industry and provides more than $1 million in restitution for victims left with “false hope” after paying upfront fees for nonexistent loan-modification services. “George Escalante, Cesar Lopez and Adrian Pomery used ... Read More »

        Examples of Deceptive Official Marketing Sent Out By Debt Settlement Companies to Trick Consumers. Some are Members of TASC & USOBA.

        I’ve seen more coy and scammy mailers being sent by companies in an attempt to trick or confuse people in debt to believe that some sort of government help is available to help them with their consumer debt. For the most part these mailers are nothing more than deceptive advertisements that try to get consumers to call and then be ... Read More »

          Casino Part of Identity Theft Case Involving Cash Advances

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          NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Authorities say they’ve cut off a major identity theft operation. The suspects are from New York City, but a significant portion of the alleged crimes were committed here in western New York and involve massive cash advance withdrawals at Seneca Casinos. Authorities say this case could involve hundreds of out-of-state victims and big money losses. ... Read More »

            Beach House Auction Actually Scam for Drug Money

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            SEASIDE, Ore. — A Seaside man has confessed to creating a $99 Essay Beach House Contest to pay bills and buy drugs and he also told contestants that money generated by the contest would be donated to breast cancer research. Theodore Zennie was arrested on Thursday, for allegedly dealing heroin. Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics undercover agents acting on a tip ... Read More »

              City Employee Gets 18 Months Probation for Bootlegging Polka Party DVDs on City Equipment

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              A veteran Warren, Michigan employee who used city equipment to make bootleg polka party DVDs for profit will serve 18 months of probation and pay $600 in restitution and fines. Frederic DeChausse, a cable specialist for Warren TV, pleaded no contest on Monday to a misdemeanor count of copying audiovisual recording for gain and embezzlement. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors ... Read More »

                Irony: Man Scams Prison Inmate And Gets Jail Time

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                A Stockton, Calif., man who scammed a federal prison inmate in Marion, Ill., was sentenced to 61 months in federal prison on Monday. Michael R. Ussery, 34, pretended to be an informer for the Drug Enforcement Administration and promised another inmate that he could earn a shorter prison sentence by funding undercover drug investigations, prosecutors said. The Marion prison inmate, ... Read More »

                  Watch Out for Calls Promising a Refund of Credit Protection Payments

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                  Be on the look out for an up and coming scam where callers pose as employees of credit card companies and promise you a refund for credit protection insurance you may have paid for. They will ask you for your credit card and banking information in order to process the refund. It’s a scam. Any legitimate credit card company initiating ... Read More »

                    Woman Finally Admits She Cooked Finger and Put It In Her Wendy’s Chilli

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                    Scammer comes clean. In 2005, Anna Aayala was dining at a San Jose Wendy’s restaurant when she claimed she chomped down on a partially-cooked segment of human finger. The fast food chain suffered an estimated $21 million in lost business. Her husband, Jaime Plascencia, got the severed finger from a co-worker, who lost it in an industrial accident. Both Ayala ... Read More »

                      Debt Collection Scam – Watch for Emails From Experian Portfolio Services

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                      E-mails from Experian Portfolio Services of St. Paul informing consumers they owe money to an unnamed creditor are a scam and should be ignored, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The department states the e-mails ask consumers to pay their outstanding balances via PayPal, but the claims appear to be fraudulent and consumers should not provide any information or ... Read More »

                        Terry Goddard Highlights Changes in Credit Card Regulations

                        (Phoenix, Ariz. – March 9, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today advised consumers about recent changes in federal law that require credit card issuers to disclose more information to customers. These laws also affect how the credit cards are marketed, advertised and managed. Last year, Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, which gives ... Read More »

                          Lawyers Falling for Fake Money Order and Certified Check Scam As Well

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                          Out of Texas is a story about three lawyers that were targeted with a bigger version of the fake certified check and money order scheme going around. Bottom line: if someone sends you a money order or certified check that is for more than the services you are supposed to be paid for it might be a scam. At the ... Read More »

                            True Story: Woman From North Pole Ties Same Scam While Out On Bail

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                            This story is out of Alaska. A North Pole woman who was arrested last year on suspicion of stealing televisions from Sam’s Club and hiring a cabbie as her getaway driver has been accused of doing the same thing at another store one week after posting bail in her first case. Lana L. Schneidewind, 27, has been charged with new ... Read More »

                              Scammers Use Dead Babies Identities to Ripoff Banks

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                              Here’s a scam I had not heard of before. This one is from Wales and the United Kingdom. A NIGERIAN gang which stole the identities of dead babies and then plundered bank accounts set up in their name was jailed yesterday. The gang of three, two men and a woman, stole 44 separate identities over 18 months to set up ... Read More »

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