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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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  • Investment Fraudster Defrauds Over 200 Out Of $14 Million

    Bradley Stark, the fraudster defendant who represented himself at trail was convicted by a federal jury for deceiving investors about an investment scheme that involved more than 200 victims and more than $14 million. Following Stark’s five-day...

    • Posted January 23, 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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  • New Computer Virus Commits Post Transaction Attacks On Your Bank Account

    When my grandma, god bless her soul, hears about a new scam, fraud or any form of financial trickery she immediately calls me up and warns me to stop whatever I’m doing and take notes. To her...

    • Posted January 12, 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 LinkedIn.com 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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  • Fraudster Sentenced After Defrauding Victims In Investment Fraud

    James DeAngelis was sentenced last week to 57 months in prison for participation in a fraud investment scheme where he defrauded more than 15 victims out of $800,000. In May of 2011 DeAngelis pled guilty to conspiracy...

    • Posted January 10, 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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  • Florida’s Foreclosure Solution Specialists Operators Charged With Fraud

    Earlier this month it was announced that Lisa Wright, Cathy Saffer and Carrington Coombs were all charged with fraud in a Florida foreclosure rescure scheme. Wright and Saffer were charged with conspiracy to defraud homeowners and banks...

    • Posted December 27, 2011
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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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  • Owner of Advertising Investment Companies Pleads Guilty To $6.2 Million Fraud Scheme

    In early December Edward Lawson pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a $6.2 million fraudulent investment scheme. According to his plea, Lawson was the president of “Automated Revenue Creation LLC” and “Guaranteed Results Advertising, LLC”...

    • Posted December 26, 2011
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  • Multi-Million Dollar Stock Fraud Of Signalife

    An attorney for South Carolina health care device company, Signalife, was arrested last week at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on charges related to his alleged role in a multi-million dollar market manipulation fraud scheme. The indictment...

    • Posted December 23, 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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  • Witness Murdered Over $513,563 Bank Fraud Scheme

    From May 2009 through November of 2011 it’s been alleged that two men, Tavon Dameon Davis and Bruce Eric Byrd, among others were involved in a scheme to steal money orders and checks from rent deposit boxes...

    • Posted December 12, 2011
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  • Former Inmate Sentenced To More 12 Years For Schemes From Behind Bars

    And AGAIN, a criminal thought he could commit the same crime he had already committed and gotten jailed for. Former inmate, Danwine Dewayne Renard, was sentenced to a 144 month term in prison following his plea of...

    • Posted December 8, 2011
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  • Previously Convicted Scammer Heads Back To Prison

    I really don’t understand why criminals who have failed previous times in the past at committing a crime honestly think they have what it takes to commit it again. Last month Jon Edward Hankins was sentenced to...

    • Posted December 5, 2011
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  • Rome Wasn’t Counterfeited In A Day

    At the ripe young age of 25 Atlanta Georgia’s Vincent Gerome Rome Jr., pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit $100 bills along with being a felon in a charge of a possession of a firearm. Over an approximately...

    • Posted December 1, 2011
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  • Krahl Construction Executives And Employees Indicted In Alleged Fraud And Kickback Scheme

    Construction company executives and employees, along with others, have been indicted in an alleged billing fraud and kickback scheme. Krahl Construction’s Principal owner and six of it’s top executives and employees along with two former employees of...

    • Posted December 1, 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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  • 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...

    • Posted November 16, 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 SkidEKids.com has settled charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after collecting children’s information without parental consent. The website, SkidEKids.com, 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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  • Amanda Miller’s Rant On Scammers

    I don’t understand why people scam people. I don’t understand why people defraud companies. It just doesn’t make much sense to me. Can’t we all just be honest? And hug it out? With a heavy sigh I...

    • Posted October 5, 2011
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  • How To Tackle Global Fraud Pandemic: Share And Care

    In Australia police are saying that 76 percent of e-mail investment scam victims continue to send money even after police warn them that they’re being deceived. The most common e-mail frauds and scams are those that request...

    • Posted October 4, 2011
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  • Dead Cross Dressing Man’s Finger Prints Found on His Own Death Certificate.

    I love England. I had the good fortune to live there for almost 2 years and I found the people delightful, to observe. This is one of the reasons I’m fascinated with the british subjects. Anthony McErlean,...

    • Posted September 30, 2011
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