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The BBB’s Tips To Avoid Smishing

The Better Business Bureau issued an new press alert this week to alert consumers about ways to avoid being “smished” by scammers. “Smishing” is a new term used when scammers are using text messages to bait consumers into divulging personal information, similar to “phishing” telephone calls. One form of the scam tricks consumers into believing their bank accounts have been ... Read More »

    Express Debt Settlement – Consumer Complaint – Nov 16, 2011

    Express Debt Settlement (20111117)

    Date This Problem Happened: August 4, 2009 State You Live in: Nevada Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $5,383.83 Company Name: Express Debt Settlement Company Address: PO Box 812468 Boca Raton, FL 33481 Company Telephone Number: 888-771-3328 Website of Company: ExpressDebt.net Consumer Statement: The following was stated per the phone conversation: • Debt would be paid ... Read More »

      Allen & Violet Large – Consumer Complaint – 11-17-2011

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      Date This Problem Happened: November 14, 2011 State You Live in: New York Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 66+ Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: Allen & Violet Large Company Address: Company Telephone Number: Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I received the email from allen and violet large, saying I was to receive $500,000. I prayed about it and sent ... Read More »

        Fraudulent Treasury Strips Investment Program Results In $4 Million Investor Lost

        It was announced this week that Tyrone Gilliams, Jr., was indicted on charges of securities and wire fraud for operating a fraudulent United States Treasury Strips investment program. Treasury Strips are securities derived from United States Treasury Bonds. Gilliams is the owner of TL Gilliams, LLC. In the summer of 2010, Gilliams personally solicited $4 million dollars from an investor ... Read More »

          Former President And Finance Director Of The Speculated US Posterscope Accused Of A $20 Million Accounting Fraud

          Earlier this month it was announced that the former president and finance director of one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies (speculated to be US Posterscope), have been accused of engaging in a five year long $19.75 million accounting fraud. Allegedly the men made it appear that their company was meeting certain performance targets when it wasn’t so that ... Read More »

            Egad, Ecast Owner Defrauds Victims Out Of Over $30 Million!

            Founder and former CEO of the technology company, Ecast, Inc., was convicted earlier this month on 15 counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering, and thre counts of tax evasion in connection when defrauding over $30 million from victims. Evidence at trial showed that Cohen falsely told prospective investors – most of whom were affiliated with Vanguard Public ... Read More »

              Patient Recruiter Pleads Guilty To Role In Miami-Area $25 Million Home Health Medicare Fraud

              Another defendant in the Miami $25 million home health Medicare fraud scheme pled guilty for her participation in the scheme as a patient recruiter. Beatriz Torres-Cruz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of solicitation of health care kickbacks. Torres-Cruz was charged in a February 2011 indictment. According to plea documents, Torres-Cruz ... Read More »

                Vanguard Settles With $2 Million In False Claims Act

                It was announced last week that the United States and the State of Tennessee will be receiving $2 million in a settlement of False Claims Act allegations from Vanguard and its wholly owned subsidiary, Vanguard Health Care Ancillary. The settlement resolves claims by the United States and the state of Tennessee that Vanguard wrongly billed Medicare for enteral feeding services ... Read More »

                  Hope Now Schemers Officially Out Of The Mortgage Business

                  It’s official! The last remaining defendants in an allegedly fraudulent mortgage modification scheme called “Hope Now” have settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that will permanently ban them from the mortgage assistance and relief business. They will also be forced to return any fraudulent-earned gains to consumers. The settlement with Michael Kwasnik and his law firm is part of ... Read More »

                    Thousands Of Texans Scammed In Credit Card Fraud

                    Both Nathan Michael and Elizabeth Pickrell were sentenced to federal prison for federal violations in Texas after committing a huge credit card scam. Earlier this year the two plead guilty to device fraud and last week Michael was sentenced to 51 months in prison while Pickrell faces a shorter, 24 month, prison sentence. Both have been ordered to pay $95,407.55 ... Read More »

                      BOLO – Watch Out for Scam Email from Allen and Violet Large

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                      Be On The Lookout for This Scam Email A reader forward the following email. It is a scam. Don’t get caught in the scam and most certainly, do not send any information in response to such an email. The Scam Email From: [email protected] Subject: Mail From Allen & Violet Large Date: [xxx] Nov 2011 Good Day To You, This is ... Read More »

                        Fraudulent Rescue / Equity Skim Scheme Costs Dozens Over $6.2 Million

                        Between 2006 and 2008 real estate agent, Joanne Seeley, defrauded 34 homeowners and 14 mortgage companies in Pennsylvania out of more than $6.2 million in a fraudulent Foreclosure Rescue/Equity Skim scheme. Seeley was found guilty earlier this month on four counts of wire fraud and four counts of money laundering; each punishable by a maximum 20 years in prision and ... Read More »

                          Direct Funds Service

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                          Date This Problem Happened: November 15, 2011 State You Live in: Oregon Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $90.28 Company Name: Direct Funds Service Company Address: Company Telephone Number: 888-467-4349 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I GOT LONE ON FROM A DIFFRENT COMPUNTY AND I TOLD EVERY ONE EALSE THAT I GOT ON AND I NEVER ... Read More »

                            New Life Financial – Consumer Complaint – 11-16-2011

                            New Life Financial (20111116)

                            Date This Problem Happened: July 18, 2011 State You Live in: Ohio Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $2,792 Company Name: New Life Financial Company Address: North Hollywood, California Company Telephone Number: Website of Company: NewLifeConsultants.net Consumer Statement: I was contacted by New Life Financial regarding a loan modification. We paid the company 2,792.00 over a ... Read More »

                              Floridian Mortgage Fraudster Faces Five Years

                              Last week Joseph Guaracino plead guilty to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a Florida mortgage fraud scheme. According to the superseding information and statements made during the plea hearing, Guaracino engaged in a scheme to enrich himself and others by causing real property in Broward and Palm Beach ... Read More »

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