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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 »

      Obamacare, the Hook for the Latest Scam

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      It’s enough to make you sick. No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than scam artists began working the phones. They say they’re from the government and that, using the Affordable Care Act as a hook, they need to verify some information. They might have the routing number from your bank, and then use ... Read More »

        Circuit Court of Jefferson County Temporarily Enjoins Fast Auto Loans

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        Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that Virginia-based Fast Auto Loans, Inc. was ordered to stop collecting payments, seizing vehicles, and entering into new loans with West Virginia residents until a hearing on August 24, 2012. The Order, entered on July 3, by the Honorable David H. Sanders, Judge, Circuit Court of Jefferson County, also requires the defendants, Fast Auto ... Read More »

          York County woman arrested after stealing more than $300,000 from elderly aunt

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          A York County woman was arrested last week on charges that she stole more than $300,000 from her elderly aunt. Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Rita Wynegar, 52, 431 Dartha Drive, Dallastown, York County. According to the criminal complaint, in April 2010 the York County Area Agency on Aging received a complaint that an elderly woman, who ... Read More »

            Attorney General Gansler Warns Consumers About New Utility Scam Don’t be a victim: “Obama administration grant” to pay utility bills is a hoax

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            Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is warning Maryland consumers not to be fooled by a new utility scam claiming to provide a federal government grant that will pay off utility bills. “Consumers should never give up their hard-earned money until verifying the legitimacy of an offer – no matter how enticing it may seem,” said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. ... Read More »

              Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s Settlement with DP Nets $1.7 Million in Refunds and Cancelled Debts for WV Consumers

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              West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw today announced an agreement with DP & Associates of Irvine, CA, that requires the debt collection company to pay a total $1.7 million in refunds and cancelled debts. The company engaged in unlawful and threatening debt collection practices and attempted to collect debts without a license. An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office led ... Read More »

                Attorney General McGraw Announces Settlement to Hand Over Rogue GI Website to Veterans Affairs

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                West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that the rogue website “GIBill.com” will be transferred to the control of the Department of Veterans Affairs and $2.5 million will be paid to states by the website’s owner as part of a consumer protection settlement with 20 state attorneys general in a bipartisan, multistate enforcement action. Attorney General McGraw, Kentucky Attorney ... Read More »

                  BBB Warns Consumers About Bankruptcy Firm – Affordable Law Center

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                  The BBB is warning consumers about Affordable Law Center which claims to offer consumers bankruptcy services at highly competitive rates. Turns out the owner of the company, Ed Jonak, is not a licensed attorney and does he employ counsel admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, where bankruptcy proceedings are handled. “There’s a clear pattern of ... Read More »

                    Forensic Mortgage Loan Audit Scam Kicked in Nuts by FTC

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                    At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation that allegedly preyed on financially vulnerable homeowners, convincing them to pay $1,995 or more by holding out bogus promises that they could help them avoid foreclosure and renegotiate their mortgages. The complaint was filed against Consumer Advocates Group, Paramount Asset Management Corp, National Financial ... Read More »

                      FEDERAL COURT SHUTS DOWN CREDIT-REPAIR OPERATION

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                      Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a federal judge has shut down a Florida-based operation that offered bogus credit-repair services nationwide after the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division brought the company’s activities in Arkansas to the attention of federal authorities. Latrese and Kevin Hargrave and the companies they control are responsible for the rectangular red signs that dot Arkansas ... Read More »

                        Attorney General McGraw’s Settlement with Five Collection Agencies Nets $772K for WV Consumers

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                        West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw today announced agreements with five out-of-state companies requiring them to pay a total $772,286 in refunds and cancelled debts to settle charges that they engaged in unlawful debt collection within the state. McGraw opened investigations of the companies after receiving complaints that four of them were not licensed in West Virginia and all five ... Read More »

                          Creative Debt Solutions – Beware of These Apparent Idiots

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                          A reader brought a debt relief company to my attention, Creative Debt Solutions at creativedebtsolutions.org. Beware and watch out. I took a look at their site and I was very unhappy to find some of the previously discredited tactics being promoted on their site. Just when you thought stupid tricks like novation and unilateral terms on payments was finally tossed ... Read More »

                            Bogus U.S. Embassy Email Asks for Money – Scam Alert

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                            A reader sent in the email below that claims to be from a U.S. Ambassador. I wanted to use it to point out a number of warning signs. Starting from the top: The email address this is sent from is not a government address. The reply to address is not a government address. The flag shown is for the U.S. ... Read More »

                              Debt Collectors Halted From Collecting Debts Consumers Don’t Owe

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                              Consumers Were Subjected to Collection Efforts for Magazine Subscription Debts They Did Not Owe, FTC Alleges Defendants in a debt collection operation that allegedly sought payment for bogus magazine subscription debts have settled with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC alleged in its complaint that the defendants knew, or should have known, that some of the magazine subscription debts they ... Read More »

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