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The ‘Free’ Federal Grant Scam Is Back


The Better Business Bureau has posted a warning to consumers about a free-grant scam that could cost victims the contents of their entire bank accounts. It starts with a message — phone, email, social media, anything — saying the government is offering free grant money, and your application is guaranteed to be accepted. They’re pitching a desirable idea: free money ... Read More »

    New Video Reveals Elderly At Risk from Internet Scam


    Jack Vale, internet personality, exposes an insidious online scam targeting the elderly. A simple mistyped URL can cost uncautious seniors hundreds of dollars. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 04, 2015 YouTube and HLN personality Jack Vale released his newest video on Monday, March 2nd alerting consumers to a potential scam targeting the elderly online. Like many consumers, Vale had mistyped ... Read More »

      Outlook Email Migration – Scam Alert

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      Beware of the following email being sent out that appears to come from an official government source. The email reads: “From: Cook, Bryant D Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 2:18 PM To: Cook, Bryant D Subject: Help Desk Dear Email User, Please be prepared for all systems to be offline for maintenance today. We are currently Migrating your outlook account ... Read More »

        FTC Asks Court To Shut Down Phony Debt Relief and Credit Repair Scheme


        The Federal Trade Commission asked a federal court to shut down a scam that targeted financially distressed Americans by pitching a phony debt relief and credit repair program, and by falsely claiming the program was provided and funded by the federal government and endorsed by President Obama. The FTC’s complaint targets the operators of two websites that were allegedly full ... Read More »

          FBI Scam Email


          SCAM Alert! Beware of the following scam email making the rounds: “From: “Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI)” Date: December 31, 2013 at 8:53:45 PM EST To: BCC Subject: Re:Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Reply-To: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC Dear Beneficiary, Series of meetings have been held over the ... Read More »

            Beware of the Capital Currency Control Certificate Scam


            Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and possibly other government entities, is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via e-mail, fax, or postal mail. Any document claiming that the OCC is involved in holding any funds for the benefit of any individual or ... Read More »

              Watch Out for Utility Scam Warns FTC


              Imagine receiving a phone call from your utility company saying they’re about to cut off your electricity. The caller ID looks like it might be a legitimate phone number, but you know you’ve paid your bill. The caller says, “I can stop this, but only if you pay me.” It’s a scam, but there’s a new twist. Instead of asking ... Read More »

                Consumers in Life and Money Trouble More Likely to be Scammed


                Consumers who were more willing to take risks and those who had recently experienced a negative life event (such as a divorce, death of a family member or close friend, serious injury or illness in their family, or the loss of a job) were much more likely to have been victims of fraud and scams. Consumers who indicated they had ... Read More »

                  Raspberry Ultra Drops – Fox News Scam Page


                  WARNING: Emails are going out that contain links that lead to You can see a copy of that page below. It is a scam site and the Federal Trade Commission has previously shutdown other companies making similar claims about similar products using fake news sites. This site uses Fox News, Dr. Oz, Los Angles Times, ABC News, and HuffPost ... Read More »

                    How to Avoid Getting Scammed When Getting Debt Help


                    The sad truth is that it’s easy to scam people with debt problems. Companies do it all the time. They promise magic outcomes for an advance fee. People in trouble believe the sales messages and fail to filter the promises of both for-profit and non-profit debt help companies. When people leap at the first solution that comes along or the ... Read More »

                      CONSUMER ALERT! Prepaid Cash Cards Lottery Scam Won’t End With the First Loss

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                      Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idahoans that lottery and sweepstakes scams have taken on a new format that sounds safe, but isn’t, and can lead to continued financial losses. “These e-mail and telephone scams have been around for years, but now they’ve taken on a dangerous new twist involving prepaid cash cards,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Prepaid cash cards ... Read More »

                        Goddard Warns Consumers about Credit Union Text Message, Phone Solicitation Scam

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                        (Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2010)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded consumers about a “phishing” scam purported to be from Credit Union West, a Glendale-based financial institution, requesting personal information.  Over the last several months, the Attorney General’s Office has seen an increase in calls regarding this particular scam. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers have received text messages stating ... Read More »

                          Attorney General McGraw Warns of Telephone Scam Targeting Travelers

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                          West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning travelers to be on guard due to a scam making an increased appearance in the hospitality industry. Travelers are experiencing convincing calls from scammers attempting to obtain credit card information. This scam is targeting guests staying in hotel rooms. Individuals receive a telephone call from the thief who claims to be an ... Read More »

                            Attorney General DeWine Announces Final Arrest in Telemarketing Land Scam Case

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                            Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that the last suspect in a multi-state telemarketing ring is now in custody. Deputies with the Howell County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Sweigart last night. Several anonymous tips to the Attorney General’s Office led officers to a home in West Plains, Missouri, where Sweigart went into custody without incident. He had been ... Read More »

                              Attorney General Gansler Warns Consumers About Medicare Scam Simple advice: Never give out personal information to someone you don’t know

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                              Maryland consumers should be on the lookout for the latest scam that seeks to steal personal information over the phone by using the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Federal Health Care Reform) as a ploy. “If someone claiming to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, just hang up,” said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. ... Read More »

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