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Mortgage Modification Scammers Rounded Up by Law Enforcement

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This announcement by the folks at the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program should make anyone that feels like they’ve been screwed by a mortgage modification company, get a half smile. Federal agents this morning arrested 10 defendants who worked at a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.,-based business that allegedly offered bogus loan modification programs to ... Read More »

    Attorney General DeWine Announces Final Arrest in Telemarketing Land Scam Case

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    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that the last suspect in a multi-state telemarketing ring is now in custody. Deputies with the Howell County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Sweigart last night. Several anonymous tips to the Attorney General’s Office led officers to a home in West Plains, Missouri, where Sweigart went into custody without incident. He had been ... Read More »

      Attorney General DeWine Reminds Ohioans of New Program to Help Identity-Theft Victims at Columbus Fraud Forum

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      Attorney General Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans today at the Central Ohio Community Fraud Forum that he has launched a new program to assist victims of identity theft. “Identity theft can be extremely damaging to victims and difficult to recover from,” said Attorney General DeWine. “We’ve created this program to help victims get their lives back on track.” The new Identity ... Read More »

        Judge Bloom Finds California-Based Internet Lender, CashCall, Abused West Virginia Consumers, Violated State Usury Laws. $15 Million Returned to WV

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        In a much-anticipated ruling likely to have national implications, Kanawha Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom entered two lengthy orders yesterday finding in favor of the State on all its claims and ordering Internet lender, CashCall, of Anaheim, California, to pay $15 million in civil penalties, refunds, and cancelled debts for the 292 West Virginia consumers who obtained the loans and ... Read More »

          Attorney General DeWine Launches New Program to Help Identity-Theft Victims

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          Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a new statewide program designed to help victims of identity theft repair damage to their credit reports and rectify other problems associated with identity theft. “The effects of identity theft can linger for years, causing serious problems for the victim,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We’ve created this program to help individuals resolve the ... Read More »

            This Could Explain Why Saen Higgins and His Wealth Without Risk Commercials Have Vanished

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            The Federal Trade Commission has just announced a massive settlement granted by the U.S. district court in their action against John Beck’s Free & Clear Real Estate System, John Alexander’s Real Estate Riches in 14 Days, and Jeff Paul’s Shortcuts to Internet Millions. Higgins appears to be tied together with this lot through the close relationship with the underlying company ... Read More »

              Consumer Alert: Seniors complain callers using property tax relief programs to target

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              The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is joining the Washington State Departments of Veterans Affairs and Revenue in warning consumers about complaints they’ve received from seniors who say they’ve received calls from solicitors posing as state agents for a senior property tax relief program. The Department of Revenue learned Washington seniors are complaing that they have been contacted by solicitors ... Read More »

                COURT ORDER RESTRICTS ONLINE PAYDAY LENDER

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                LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that his office has obtained a court order prohibiting the operator of multiple payday lending websites from offering illegal loans to Arkansas consumers. McDaniel earlier this year filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Josh Mitchem of Kansas City, Mo., and companies PDL Support LLC and Platinum B Services LLC. ... Read More »

                  Attorney General Gansler Warns Consumers About Medicare Scam Simple advice: Never give out personal information to someone you don’t know

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                  Maryland consumers should be on the lookout for the latest scam that seeks to steal personal information over the phone by using the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Federal Health Care Reform) as a ploy. “If someone claiming to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, just hang up,” said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. ... Read More »

                    Saturday St. Louis – 314 – Part 1. Scam Text Message. Watch Out. Warn Others.

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                    A new spam text message is being sent out claiming you have won a prize. The message reads: Saturday St Louis – 314 – Part 1 Your entry in our drawing WON you a free $1,000 Target Giftcard! Enter “919” at target.com.dtcv.biz and we can ship it to you Sent from 918-403-9426 So here is the deceptive problem. What looks ... Read More »

                      Mortgage Assistance Scam Targets U.S. Consumers But Operates From Dominican Republic

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                      At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted a nationwide scam operating from the Dominican Republic – but pretending to be in Chicago – that allegedly peddled fake mortgage assistance relief to financially distressed Spanish-speaking homeowners in the United States. The defendants promised to dramatically lower homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments in exchange for a ... Read More »

                        COURT ORDERS LAKOTA CASH AND TWO OTHER INTERNET PAYDAY LENDERS TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THEY SHOULD NOT BE HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR FAILING TO COMPLY

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                        COURT ORDERS LAKOTA CASH AND TWO OTHER INTERNET PAYDAY LENDERS TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THEY SHOULD NOT BE HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S INVESTIGATIVE SUBPOENAS In a case that has implications nationwide, the Circuit Court of Kanawha County issued an order on October 24, 2011, holding that Payday Financial, which did business as Lakota ... Read More »

                          Idahoans Can Apply for Refunds from Vehicle Service Contract Seller

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                          Idaho consumers who bought vehicle service contracts from Missouri-based US Fidelis may receive refunds, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced. Wasden and 11 other state attorneys general reached an agreement with US Fidelis, a vehicle service contract dealer that routinely misled consumers before shutting down and filing for bankruptcy in 2010. The agreement, which has been approved by the bankruptcy court, ... Read More »

                            ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES SUIT AGAINST DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY

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                            Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against a Kansas-based debt collection agency that has illegally sought to collect on payday loan debts in Arkansas. The Pulaski County Circuit Court lawsuit claims that National Credit Adjusters LLC of Hutchinson, Kan., violates the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act in its attempts to collect on payday and high-interest installment loan ... Read More »

                              Alleged Fiji / Thailand Based Jennifer Yoffe and Tim Gibbons Spam Faxes Are Out of Control

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                              A reader just forwarded to me yet another fax that was just sent by United Benefits / United Employee Benefits Group (uebg.org) that is sending out fake spam faxes to work fax numbers to sell some sort of debt relief / debt restructuring service. This would not be the embarrassingly stupid scheme if it wasn’t for the fact that the ... Read More »

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