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Nigerian Email Con Artist Feels Bad After Conning Priest

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An innocent Centralia priest has been caught up in an e-mail scam, which conned at least one of his friends out of $600. It all started with an urgent e-mail: A cry for help from a priest supposedly stuck in Africa, desperate for almost $3000 to cover hotel bills and plane fares. “I was not scamming people,” said Father James ... Read More »

    Man Fraudulently Tries to Sell Church He Didn’t Own

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    A man involved in a complicated scam to sell a church he didn’t own has been found guilty on 11 counts of fraud. Tracy Carmichael, 46, of Detroit in 2007 offered to sell the Temple of God Deliverance on Mount Elliot to a woman who was interested in the property as a land investment. The scam involved Carmichael finding a ... Read More »

      Consumers Energy Customer Warned About Credit Card Scam

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      Consumers Energy is warning customers — especially seniors — of a scam that includes people posing as Consumers employees in an attempt to access credit card information. According to a statement, customers have received calls from a person claiming to be a Consumers employee offering a special program. The caller tells the customers they have to pay a small fee ... Read More »

        Colorado AG Files Suit for Identity Theft and Loan Fraud By Friendly Hockey Playing Couple.

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        The Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that attorneys from his office’s Consumer Protection Section have filed a lawsuit against two former Coloradans, Donald Sterling Whitlock (DOB: 5/6/1970) and Erin Reese Whitlock (DOB: 7/11/1969), who are suspected of defrauding consumers through the use of fake commercial lending companies and committing multiple identity thefts involving numerous victims. “The suit alleges that ... Read More »

          Secret Shopper Money Order Scam

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          Pennsylvania State police say a southwestern Pennsylvania man may have been duped into acting as a middle man for a bogus money order-cashing scheme. State police in Uniontown say a man in Connellsville Township was asked to become a “secret shopper” in an e-mail last month. Some retail firms use secret shoppers to find out what kind of customer service ... Read More »

            Clever Pre-Paid Card Scam Hits Canada

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            It appears that some crooks are not stupid. In the latest frauds, investigators believe the suspects are snapping up prepaid “Vanilla” Mastercard or “Treat” VISA cards, widely available at gas stations and convenience stores, and sometimes using counterfeit credit cards to buy them. Criminals then alter the magnetic data encoding on the prepaid cards to that of a stolen credit ... Read More »

              Interesting Twist. Restaurants That Owe Loansharks Give Up Customers Credit Card Numbers to Crooks

              This is yet another classic example of why I find it so ironic that people are afraid to use their credit cards online but think nothing of using it locally. It’s not the online world you need to worry about. Who would have expected this? A New Jersey loansharking operation that lent money to struggling restaurants in Essex, Morris and ... Read More »

                Exotic Dancer Opens Foreclosure Avoidance Company, Advertises on Gospel, Partner Punches Lawyer in Face

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                LOL, OMG, you can’t make this stuff up. A Maryland woman who stole millions from Washington area homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure is a “vulture” whose case should serve as a warning to other con artists, a federal judge said yesterday before imposing a sentence of more than 12 years. Joy Jackson, 41, a former exotic dancer who became president ... Read More »

                  Illinois Attorney General Madigan Sues Company Making Debt Reduction Promises

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                  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit targeting a telemarketing scam that promises to immediately reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates but ultimately fails to achieve any savings for consumers. “During these difficult economic times, consumers are understandably looking for ways to ease the burdens of rising debt,” Madigan said. “But I urge consumers to be wary when ... Read More »

                    California Arrests Dude Operating “No FICO” Credit Card & Credit Repair Scam While Out on Bail

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                    California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently announced that agents from his office and the Santa Ana Police Department have arrested a “serial con artist” who defrauded hundreds of people by charging them $500 to apply for credit cards that did not exist. Ralph Adam Rendon, 33, of Orange County, was arrested late last week on suspicion of grand ... Read More »

                      Paul Reddam, Race Horse Stable Owner, Founder of DiTech, Slapped By California AG for CashCall

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                      Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today forced CashCall, Inc., an Anaheim-based fast-money lender, to stop using “loan shark tactics” in collecting debt, including abusive calls at all hours of the day and night and empty threats of law enforcement action. The court-ordered judgment also forces CashCall to stop misleading consumers with deceptive advertising and pay $1 million in civil ... Read More »

                        NASCAR Ponzi Scam Nabs Drivers

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                        “Basically, the Ponzi scheme made investors believe that they could get them a guaranteed return on their investment up to 40.8 percent and they got them to invest their money and then used their money for their own personal gain. Our investigation is still in the process of collecting evidence and sorting through the different computers and everything else we ... Read More »

                          Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scam Closed

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                          At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court judge has imposed a telemarketing ban on a Canadian operation that targeted U.S. consumers with false claims that it could reduce their credit card interest rates. The court entered a permanent injunction that puts the defendants out of the telemarketing business and also bars them from misrepresenting that ... Read More »

                            New Scam to Watch Out For: [email protected] & the Rental Scam

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                            I had a friend start to get sucked in on a rental scam that goes like this. Vivian Coleman or Vivian Coleman posts a well written advertisement for a sublease of a beautiful furnished apartment for a below market rate. She says that she and her husband have been relocated out of the area and they are looking for someone ... Read More »

                              Mug Shots of People Arrested For Forgery, Writing Bad Checks, And Credit Card Theft

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                              In a bad economy, people do desperate and often very silly things to get by. Please don’t think that financial fraud is the way to make ends meet when things are tight. If you can’t afford your life, please ask me for help and advice rather than following the path these people did recently. Mug Shots Read More »

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