Consumer Warning: Bureau Of Prescription Health Charging For Free Assistance

If you’ve been doing business or contemplating doing business with the Missouri-based Bureau of Prescription Health the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising consumers to avoid this company. The Bureau of Prescription Health sounds like a trustworthy and reputable company (mainly because of the use of the word “Bureau”) but are in fact charging consumers … Read more

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 internet users don’t recognized LinkedIn as a major social networking site because users don’t utilize the site daily … Read more

Holy Fraud, Batman! Literally…

Yesterday, an Ohio resident was indicted for allegedly engaging in a fraud scheme that promised to fund more than $500 million in mortgage loans to around 20 churches and a dozen small businesses across the country. The man, Jamal Lawson, fraudulently obtained more than $300,000 in advance fees that he used for personal expenses instead … Read more

Investment Advisor Defrauds Clients Out Of Retirement Funds

Apparently an Illinois investment advisor, Steven Salutric, engaged in an investment fraud that swindled the retirement savings of 10 elderly clients to lose more than $4.26 million. Salutric was charged with one count wire fraud in a criminal information filed in late December of 2011. Apparently Salutric diverted clients’ funds to his personal business associates … Read more

Americall Will Pay $500,000 To Settle FTC Charges

Americall, an Illinois-based telemarketing firm will pay $500,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it interfered with consumers’ requests to be placed on company-specific do not call lists and transmitted deceptive Caller ID names. The FTC alleged that Americall Group, Inc violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) in it’s efforts … Read more

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 prison followed by three years supervised release along as a result of his guilty plea to a one … Read more

To Catch A Financial Predator

Yesterday it was announced in Illinois that Edward Lynn Moskop was sentenced to the maximum statutory penalties of 240 months in prison for mail fraud and 120 months for money laundering. This 360 month (30 year sentence) sentence is to be served concurrently followed by three years supervised release after. The sentence follows Moskop’s guilty … Read more

On The Twelfth Count Of Mail Fraud My Scammer Gave To Me…

In November, Steven Folan, of Florida, pleaded guilty to a thirteen count indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and twelve counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleged that Folan and others were involved in a telemarketing scam, operating in Florida, that bilked over 22,000 victims of … Read more

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 client companies were indicted for allegedly engaging in a fraudulent billing and kickback scheme. The defendants affiliated (seven … Read more

Transcontinental Warranty Fake Auto-Service Warranties Lands Execs In Prison

After pitching $40 million in fake auto-service warranties two former telemarketing executives are sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000 each. Christopher Cowart and Cris Sagnelli of Florida pleaded guilty last December to federal fraud charges arising out of the telemarketing sales practices of Transcontinental Warranty, a Florida company selling so … Read more

Unstructured “Structuring” Scam

James Quirin has been charged with an alleged theft of government funds on September 29, 2011 for fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits. Apparently, Quirin applied for Unemployment Insurance benefits in February, 2009, even though he was a gainfully-employed businessman receiving significant income. Quirin and several of his businesses were sued in federal court. Just before he … Read more

It’s Been A Year Since The TSR – What’s Changed With Debt Settlement?

A year ago this month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) barred debt settlement companies that used telemarketing from accepting up-front fees. Although it’s been an entire year since this change we are still see companies trying sneak in those up-front fees with businesses trying to exploit loopholes. The whole purpose of the Telemarketing Sales Ruling … Read more

New Debt Settlement Law Signed Today in Illinois. Caps Fees.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that establishes stringent guidelines and enhances consumer protections for Illinois families seeking help to pay overdue bills. The Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act also creates a fund to pay restitution to consumers who have lost money through a debt settlement provider. “Too many people have … Read more

Texas Attorney General Office Speaks Up to FTC to Please Ban Advance Fees

In a recent article I covered how debt settlement trade associations had returned to the FTC to make their pitch that banning advance fees for debt settlement services was a rotten idea. You can read that article here. A couple of weeks after the trade associations had slogged up to the FTC offices, and after … Read more

Illinois Attorney General Madigan Sues Company Making Debt Reduction Promises

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit targeting a telemarketing scam that promises to immediately reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates but ultimately fails to achieve any savings for consumers. “During these difficult economic times, consumers are understandably looking for ways to ease the burdens of rising debt,” Madigan said. “But I urge … Read more