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Owner of Motorcycle Shop in Pennsylvania Found Guilty in Selling 9-11 Bogus Raffle Tickets

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Investigators said in 2001 Corradini ran a bogus raffle out of North East Iron Horse, his motorcycle shop along Main Street in Bloomsburg. The prize was a brand new motorcycle. The proceeds were supposed to go to New York City firefighters who responded to the terrorist attacks on September 11.   Read More »

    Prince of Darkness Charged in Real Estate Scam

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    Photo: Annia316 A Nepalese con-man known as “the Dark Prince” managed to fraudulently obtain ownership of some luxury condos in San Francisco and then took out $2.2 million in an equity loan against the properties. Besides “the Dark Prince” Kaushal Niroula, 29, a former tennis instructor Winston Lum, was arrested along with Jay Shah and Melvin Emerich. Niroula and four ... Read More »

      Foreclosure Scam Ringleader Faces 49 Years Behind Bars

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      The ringleader in a Carlsbad, California-based scam that tricked mostly Spanish-speaking homeowners into paying for a bogus service to stave off foreclosure was convicted of 160 felony counts by a San Diego jury Tuesday, according to the district attorney’s office. William Hutchings, 62, of San Diego faces 49 years in prison on the convictions that included conspiracy, grand theft, rent ... Read More »

        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 »

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