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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Money Waiting – Scam Alert

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The government agency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent messages that are intended to scam money out of consumers. The OCC says fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and other government ... Read More » – Scam Alert

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    The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. The Pitch Consumers are reporting receiving text messages which say they are the winner of a $1,000 Best Buy gift card. This is a scam to get your personal information. If you receive a text message to visit, ignore it and report it in the comments below. ... Read More »

      FTC Chases Down a Couple More Debt Relief Companies Promising Magic Interest Rate Reductions

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      The Federal Trade Commission announced some additional coordinated enforcement actions against companies that promised fraudulent debt relief help and interest rate reductions. Recently I wrote about actions the FTC took against Purchase Power Solutions and The Green Savers. In actions that had been under seal, the FTC announced these additional companies have been targets of their sweep. These additional companies ... Read More »

        FTC Sues Another Debt Relief Company – The Green Savers

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        The Federal Trade Commission will announce in the upcoming days a suit filed against a Florida company, The Green Savers and Elite Services, Advanced Data Solutions, Christopher Adams, Vikash Jawalapersad, and Pavac, Inc. It seems it has been a busy ten days for the FTC and it’s pursuit of deceptive debt relief schemes. For that I applaud them. Just yesterday ... Read More »

          Purchase Power Solutions and Others Sued by FTC

          I just stumbled across a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission against a number of interrelated companies. Some of which we’ve written about before and some of which consumers have filed complaints about them with us. The FTC also went for a Temporary Restraining Order and seized the operations of ELH Consulting, Proactive Planning Solutions; Purchase Power Solutions, Allied ... Read More »

            Barnes & Noble Payment Data Compromised in CA, FL, IL, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and RI

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            The bookseller Barnes & Noble has announced that 63 of its stores were found to have payment terminals / PIN pads that had be tampered with and compromised. The announcement of the tampering says that only one PIN pad in each store was hacked. Barnes & Noble has since inspected every PIN pay pad in all of its stores. The ... Read More »

              Attorney General Koster reaches $22,500 settlement with vehicle extended service contract seller

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              Attorney General Chris Koster said today that his office has reached a settlement with Carsafe, LLC that will restructure the way Carsafe sells vehicle service contracts and provide $10,000 in restitution. Carsafe, which previously did business as Dealer Preferred Warranties, will also pay $12,500 to the state. The consent judgment against Carsafe prohibits deceptive sales techniques in the sale of ... Read More »

                CONSUMER ALERT! Prepaid Cash Cards Lottery Scam Won’t End With the First Loss

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                Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idahoans that lottery and sweepstakes scams have taken on a new format that sounds safe, but isn’t, and can lead to continued financial losses. “These e-mail and telephone scams have been around for years, but now they’ve taken on a dangerous new twist involving prepaid cash cards,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Prepaid cash cards ... Read More »

                  Attorney General DeWine Offers Foster Youth Help With Credit Report Errors

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                  Attorney General Mike DeWine recently sent letters to the state’s public children services agencies offering help in meeting a new federal mandate requiring youth at least 16 years old and within the foster system to have their credit checked. The mandate also requires the clearance of any errors found on their credit report. “Unfortunately, foster youth can be especially vulnerable ... Read More »

                    Tampa Man Charged with Organized Fraud

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                    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, today arrested Demetrius Lewis, 37, of Tampa, for one count of organized fraud, five counts of Florida communications fraud and three counts of criminal use of personal information. Pursuant to an ongoing criminal investigation, FDLE ... Read More »

                      Goddard Warns Consumers about Credit Union Text Message, Phone Solicitation Scam

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                      (Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2010)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded consumers about a “phishing” scam purported to be from Credit Union West, a Glendale-based financial institution, requesting personal information.  Over the last several months, the Attorney General’s Office has seen an increase in calls regarding this particular scam. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers have received text messages stating ... Read More »


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                        Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today filed lawsuits against five Florida-based companies accused of engaging in telemarketing tactics that violated multiple federal and state laws. The five lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, claim the defendants made automated, prerecorded calls to Arkansas consumers for the purpose of offering to reduce interest rates on credit cards. According to the ... Read More »

                          Goddard Warns Consumers about ‘Skimmers’ on Gas Pumps, ATMs

                          (Phoenix, Ariz. – July 16, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers about credit and debit card “skimming” which has become increasingly prevalent in Arizona in recent months. Skimming involves the use of an inconspicuous electronic device that thieves can install on gas pumps or bank ATMs. Essentially, these small devices record your credit or debit card number off ... Read More »

                            Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Arrests of Four Individuals in Northern California Real Estate Scheme

                            September 21, 2012 Contact: (415) 703-5837 SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrest Thursday of four suspects who have been charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and elder abuse for operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked dozens of investors of over $ 2.3 million. The arrest declaration alleges that Gold Country Lenders, a real estate company in Grass ... Read More »

                              Attorney General McGraw Warns of Telephone Scam Targeting Travelers

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                              West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning travelers to be on guard due to a scam making an increased appearance in the hospitality industry. Travelers are experiencing convincing calls from scammers attempting to obtain credit card information. This scam is targeting guests staying in hotel rooms. Individuals receive a telephone call from the thief who claims to be an ... Read More »

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