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  • Return-A-Pet Scam Preys On Victims Of Lost Pets

    It’s annual pet scammer week! That’s a lie. But it sure feels like it. Eric Stein was charged with running an investment scam through Return-A-Pet LLC. Return-A-Pet was a New York company that allegedly facilitated the return...

    • Posted January 27, 2012
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  • Talk Show Host And Financial Advisor Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme

    Wednesday marked the announcement that Anthony Cutaia was sentenced to 51 months in prison for mail fraud “Ponzi” investment scheme. Cutaia had pled guilty in July 2011 to Count 2 of a Criminal Information filed in June...

    • Posted January 24, 2012
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  • Elaborate Scheme Leaves 180 With Over $1 Million In Fraudulent Purchases

    Charges were announced last Thursday against seven members of an identity theft ring that allegedly used stolen identities of more than 180 people at major New York City retail stores including Home Depot, Sears, Kmart and Kohl’s,...

    • Posted January 17, 2012
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  • Ponzi Schemes Are The New Black

    Thirteen days into the year and I feel like all I’ve written about is Ponzi-scheme after Ponzi-scheme after Ponzi-scheme. Today I bring to you the sentencing of Jenifer Devine, the woman who owned a purported wholesale merchandise...

    • Posted January 13, 2012
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  • Multi-Billion Dollar Securities Scam Surfacing On LinkedIn

    As of November 3, 2011 more than 135 million professionals around the world utilize and more than 14 million students and recent college graduates around the world are LinkedIn members as of October 2011 (Source). Many...

    • Posted January 11, 2012
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  • Envelope Please! The Top Ten Scams Of 2011 Are In!

    Every year the Better Business Bureau investigates hundreds of thousands of scams, from the novel to the old. Recently they compiled and published a list of the top ten scams of 2011 including nine major categories and...

    • Posted January 6, 2012
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  • Four Israeli Residents Charged With Phony Lottery Prize Scheme Extradited To US

    It was recently announced that four defendants have been extradited from Israel on charges relating to their participation in multiple lottery telemarketing fraud schemes. The schemes targeted elderly victims in the United States and netted millions of...

    • Posted January 6, 2012
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  • Two More Charged In Rothstein Billion Dollar Fraud Scheme

    On the first of this month it was announced that two more Rothstein Associates were charged in connection with the billion dollar fraud scheme. Announced was the filing of charges against William Boockvor and Marybeth Feiss for...

    • Posted December 26, 2011
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  • The Best Way To Sucker A Timeshare Owner Into Something (Other Than A Timeshare) Is A Way OUT Of A Timeshare

    Another Florida based telemarketing scam has arose under the name Universal Marketing Solutions and Creative Vacation Solutions targeting owners of timeshares throughout the United States. Last week, Joel Intravaia, of Florida was sentenced to 60 months in...

    • Posted December 15, 2011
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  • The Formula For Fraud Is Not Greater Than Or Equal To The Formula For Investing

    An alleged investment fraud scheme has lead to an indictment charging Robin Brass with four counts of mail fraud where she could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on...

    • Posted November 30, 2011
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  • Adoption Scams Make Me Sick

    In the business of reporting fraud and scams you often find similar situations, scenarios and stories across the huge array of scams in this world. Although I’ve heard, seen and read a lot of similar cases and...

    • Posted November 15, 2011
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  • FTC Settles Charges Against Children’s Social Media Network After Collecting Personal Information Without Parental Consent

    The operator of has settled charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after collecting children’s information without parental consent. The website,, has been marketed and advertised as a website similar to Facebook or Myspace but...

    • Posted November 8, 2011
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  • North Carolina Man Is Seventh Convicted Of $40 Million Black Diamond Ponzi Scheme

    It was announced last week that Bryan Keith Coats of Clayton, North Carolina plead guilty to his role in connection with the Black Diamoind Ponzi Scheme Investigation that resulted in a $40 million investment fraud conspiracy. Coats...

    • Posted November 1, 2011
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  • Infant Funeral Scam Hits The Streets Of California

    Any scam is a bad scam. But, any scam that uses an infant’s funeral as their backbone is no good, downright horrible and loathsome scam. Californian police announced that a street-corner panhandler scam has swept their streets...

    • Posted October 20, 2011
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  • Steve Jobs iPad Scam

    The world lost a legend five days ago. One of my role models, Steve Jobs. The world has publicly written, tweeted, Facebooked, blogged, vlogged and internally mourned the passing of the former Apple CEO. It’s not only...

    • Posted October 10, 2011
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  • The Flucker Family Fraud Affair

    A family of fraudsters have been sentenced after finding guilt in the connection with a massive “affinity” fraud scheme where around 2,000 victims were swindled out of about $10.7 million. Father, Roy Fluker, Jr., was sentenced to...

    • Posted October 7, 2011
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  • BBB Warns Of Gift Card Scam

    It looks as if the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning the country yet again of gift card scams. Once back in July and again in September the BBB put out warnings that consumers should be very...

    • Posted October 5, 2011
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  • Are Unemployed Computer Programmers Hacking Your Bank Account?

    The term “white collar criminals” always sounded so fancy to me. You know? There’s something that just sounds glamourous about it. But fact of the matter is, there’s nothing glamorous about it – it’s just the same...

    • Posted October 5, 2011
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