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Scamming : There’s An App For That

Apparently a scammer in Alaska is using a gadget, possibly a smart phone, and making bogus calls mimicking other numbers on caller ID systems. Last Friday an Anchorage resident was received a call that appeared to come from the Anchorage Police Department. A heavy accented man demanded money and told the woman that he was Police Chief Mark Mew. Unlucky ... Read More »

    This Just In: $4 Million Pay Phone Fraud Scam …. And Pay Phones Still Exist!

    I’m a proud Maryland native but after reading a recent press release of a Bethesda, Maryland resident’s pay phone fraud scheme, I can’t help but feel embarrassed that this took place so close to my old home. This must be what people from New Jersey feel like every week after an airing of The Jersey Shore. Bethesda resident, Nicolas Kantartzis, ... Read More »

      American Therapeutic Corporation Owner Received Longest Prison Sentence For A Medicare Fraud Case Ever

      Lawrence Duran, Miami resident and owner of health care company, American Therapeutic Corporation (ATC) has received the longest prison sentence ever imposed in a Medicare fraud case with 50 years in prison when he orchestrated a $205 million Medicare fraud scam. ATC’s other owner, Marianella Valera, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Duran, Valera and co-defendants have been ordered ... Read More »

        How To Get Through Security Lines Faster: Bring Cash – TSA Employee Steals From Travelers

        This is one of those “WTF, REALLY?” stories. Al Raimi, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee, of Woodbridge, New Jersey, was sentenced to six months of house arrest today for stealing money from unsuspecting travelers as they passed through security screenings at Newark Liberty International Airport. Really. Raimi has also been ordered to pay out $24,150 restitution to his victims ... Read More »

          Another Ponzi Scheme Bites The Dust: New Jersey’s Devine Wholesale

          Investors lost more than $2 million in Jenifer Devine’s fictitious “Devine Wholesale” company. Between December of 2008 to September of 2010 Jenifer Devine contacted investors across the country telling them she’d fund her wholesale clothing and electronics business through their investments. Devine promised returns of up to 25 percent per investment and tempted investors to make thirty to sixty day ... Read More »

            Kansas Lawyer Gets 18 Months For Embezzling Almost $319,000 From US Veterans

            Janell Jenkins-Foster, an attorney from Wichita Kansas, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for embezzling money from veterans of whose finances she was managing. Jenkins-Foster now owes more than $318,899 in restitution. Jenkins-Foster pleaded guilty to two accounts of embezzlement from US veterans as she served as curator of their estates three years ago. As curator she ... Read More »

              FBI Unravels Twenty Year A&M Investments Scam

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              For 20 years Monroe Beachy of Sugarcreek, Ohio has represented himself to as his company, A&M Investments, to investors as a safe and secure investment option. He has supposedly told investors that his company that he would invest their money in Ginnie Mae Bond Funds (mortgage-backed security issued by the Government National Mortgage Association) and secure a positive rate of ... Read More »

                Fort Wayne, Indiana BBB Warns Of “Secret Shopper” Scam

                Last week the Fort Wayne, Indiana BBB issued a warning of a scam affecting Engle Road’s Hilton Downtown and National Tube Form. Across the country people are receiving letters telling them they’ve been chosen as a Secret Shopper to complete a survey. A check of between $1,900 to $7,000 from National Tube Form is enclosed in the letter and “shoppers” ... Read More »

                  Craigslist Scammer Targeting Renters In Need Of Housing

                  It was only a matter of time before a new Craigslist scam hit the news stands. This time police in Cedar Rapids, Iowa are dealing with a handful of complaints and reports since the spring of 2011 with a fraudster advertising a rental property to prospective renters on Craigslist.com. Personally, I’ve always been wary of Craigslist.com. But that’s probably because ... Read More »

                    Pet Lovers Beware! SFO Warns Of Pet Scam E-mails

                    Officials at the San Fransicisco International Airport (SFO) have issued a scam warning about an e-mail going around offering to sell or ship pets from foreign countries to the U.S. through SFO. E-mails are coming from the e-mail address: [email protected] (Really… a live.com account? REALLY?) The e-mails are saying they are from airport’s “Pet Department” and/or “Pet Care and Vaccination ... Read More »

                      Multimillion-Dollar Medicaid Fraud Settled With $150 Million

                      Richard West, a New Jersey resident and Vietnam veteran suffering from muscular dystrophy, relies on Medicaid benefits to pay his medical bills. During a visit to his dentist he was told that his benefits has maxed out. Shortly after he said his services were being cut back and he wasn’t receiving the care he needed due to the max in ... Read More »

                        Grandparent Scam Strikes Again

                        Put yourself in the shoes of a caring Grandmother. Let’s say one day you receive a call from your grandson telling you they’ve been in an accident and are being held in jail in the Dominican Republic. They want you to keep their little debacle a secret but they need you to wire money to them ASAP to get them ... Read More »

                          Jersey Residents Targeted By Payment Security Administration Flood Scam

                          “Tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, oh my!” Since April the East Coast has been hit with a handful of natural disasters that have left many at a loss when homes and personal items have been ruined if not destroyed. The natural disasters have left many scared, lost and vulnerable. Which are three characteristics scammers prey upon. Enter stage left: Financial Recovery ... Read More »

                            Mepco May Have Been In On US Fidelis’ Scheme The Entire Time

                            Earlier, in June of this year, we wrote about how the Atkinson brothers behind US Fidelis were handed indictments for felony charges including unlawful merchandising practices, stealing, and insurance fraud. The Atkinson’s sold vehicle repair coverage to consumers but according to the indictments allegedly kept refunds due to clients, charged excess fees not stated in contracts and told clients they ... Read More »

                              September 11th Con Artist Owes $3 Million For Fraud

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                              In 2008, Mario Mastellone of New Jersey was convicted after defrauding the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. He was found liable September, 12 2011 (ten years and one day after the 9/11 attacks) to the United Staes for more than $3 million in treble damages and civil penalties. – Source. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was established to help ... Read More »

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