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Don’t Spit In That Cop’s Burger – MA State Trooper Arrested For Extortion

Yesterday Massachusetts State Trooper, John Analetto, was charged with extortion and loansharking relating charges including the collection of extension of credit by extortionate means. The complaint alleges that between Oct. 2011 to present, Analetto loaned money to a cooperating witness (“CW”) after learning of the CW’s outstanding debts to loansharks, in exchange for a percentage of the CW’s gambling business. ... Read More »

    DSR Financial – Consumer Complaint – 1-4-2012

    DSR Financial | 866-855-3121 (20120104)

    Date This Problem Happened: February 15, 2011 State You Live in: Illinois Race/Ethnicity: Asian Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $7,000 Company Name: DSR Financial Company Address: 2740 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 300 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 Company Telephone Number: 866-953-0267 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I joined a program with DSR Financial, LLC and they ... Read More »

      Nationwide Financial Consulting – Consumer Complaint – 1-4-2012 (20120104)

      Date This Problem Happened: November 2, 2011 State You Live in: Ohio Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 65+ Total Amount of Fee Paid: $750 Company Name: Nationwide Financial Consulting Company Address: 4952 Warner Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Company Telephone Number: 714-377-9777 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: have called the number 1-877-717-0940 no answer. Can’ t even leave a message ... Read More »

        Six Hundred Out Of $74 Million In Ponzi Scheme

        Douglas Vaughan faces 10 to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to wire and mail fraud charges that involved his operation of a “Ponzi” scheme where he defrauded around 600 investors of more than $74 million. Vaughan promised extraordinary returns which he obviously did not follow through with. In February of 2011, in an indictment alleging that, between 2005 ... Read More »

          Fraudster Deported Back To United States To Face $3.2 Million Fraud Charges

          This past New Year’s weekend Joseph Randall Medcalf was deported by Panama officials back to the United States after being charged with defrauding investors of $3.2 million. Medcalf fled the country back in 2008 after filing for personal bankruptcy in 2007 in order to discharge debts related to his scheme. According to the indictment, between May of 2002 until October ... Read More »

            Direct Loan – Consumer Complaint – 1-4-2011

            MyEdAccount.Com---Borrowers (20120104)

            Date This Problem Happened: April 1, 2011 State You Live in: California Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: Direct Loan Company Address: P.O. Box 5609 Greenville, TX 75403-5609 United States Company Telephone Number: 800-848-0979 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I applied for a consolidation of all my loans because the FIDM loan counselor ... Read More »

              Diana/Mary Perez – Consumer Complaint – 1-3-2012

              Ready to Collapse

              Date This Problem Happened: May 6, 2008 State You Live in: New York Race/Ethnicity: Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $115 Company Name: Diana/Mary Perez Company Address: 11050 Fancher Rd #19 Westerville, Ohio 43082 Company Telephone Number: 614-775-0285 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: The seller who goes by the name Diana/Mary Perez has been giving me the run ... Read More »

                Attorney Sentenced In $50 Million Bank Fraud

                Kevin Harold Lewis was sentenced to 121 months incarceration to be followed by three years of supervised release for bank fraud. Lewis was also ordered to pay $33,826,326 in restitution. An additional amount of restitution will be considered after briefs are filed regarding the loss to Centennial Bank of Cabot, Arkansas. Lewis was ordered to report to the Bureau of ... Read More »

                  Thomas Stefanszky with Principal Financial Partners – Consumer Complaint – 12-30-2011

                  Ready to Collapse

                  Date This Problem Happened: November 11, 2010 State You Live in: Arizona Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $3,495 Company Name: Thomas Stefanszky with Principal Financial Partners Company Address: P.O. Box 543 7150 East Camelback Rd Castle Rock, CO 80104 Company Telephone Number: 303-621-8059 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I gave $3495.00 to get a ... Read More »

                    University of Georgia Ph.D. Student Sentenced For Fraud And Identity Theft

                    In early December, Carlton Lewis, a former Ph.D. student was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in an identity theft and credit card fraud conspiracy. Throughout the conspiracy, Lewis, who was enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, provided credit and debit card skimming devices to waitresses working in restaurants across the southeastern United ... Read More »

                      AmBanc, Commercial Capital Banc and U.S. Underwriting Fraud Scheme

                      Last month the United States Attorney’s Office announced that James France was indicted for wire wire fraud in connection with an advance fee scheme. Apparently, France held himself out as being in the business of commercial lending, and operated his business under various names such as AmBanc, Commercial Capital Banc and U.S. Underwriting. The indictment alleges that from around 2005 ... Read More »

                        Houston Physician Gets 11 Years In Prison – AGAIN

                        Dr. Ira Klein, a physician in Houston, Texas, was sentenced in 2007 to federal prison for defrauding insurance companies of more than $10 million. He, like so many criminals before him, has appeared in federal court again for a re-sentencing hearing. A federal jury convicted Klein in November 2006 of 18 counts of mail fraud and 26 counts of health ... Read More »

                          Woman Sentenced For Stealing Identities Of Student Loan Borrowers

                          Janika Fernae Bates, a resident of Alabama, was sentenced today in the Middle District of Alabama to 94 months in federal prison for stealing identities of student loan borrowers and providing them to a co-conspirator, who used them to file false tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. On Sept. 23, 2011, a jury in Montgomery, ... Read More »

                            Six Required To Pay Millions From “U.S. Homeowners Relief” Scheme

                            The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they are requiring “U.S. Homeowners Relief” defendants to pay millions in their settlement along with banning them from the debt and mortgage relief business. The FTC had charged six defendants (that have agreed to settle) in the participation of a fraudulent mortgage modifications and foreclosure relief scheme. The settlement orders require five defendants to ... Read More »

                              Lebanese Financial Institutions Linked to Hizballah Allegedly Wired Over $300 Million Into The United States In Money Laundering Scheme

                              Announced earlier last week was the filing of a civil money-laundering and in rem forfeiture complaint alleging a massive, international scheme in which Lebanese financial institutions, including a bank and two exchange houses linked to Hizballah, used the U.S. financial system to launder narcotics trafficking and other criminal proceeds through West Africa and back into Lebanon. As part of the ... Read More »

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