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City Employee Gets 18 Months Probation for Bootlegging Polka Party DVDs on City Equipment

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A veteran Warren, Michigan employee who used city equipment to make bootleg polka party DVDs for profit will serve 18 months of probation and pay $600 in restitution and fines. Frederic DeChausse, a cable specialist for Warren TV, pleaded no contest on Monday to a misdemeanor count of copying audiovisual recording for gain and embezzlement. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors ... Read More »

    I Used Seven Credit Cards to Pay Off a House. – Ginger

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    Ginger “Dear Steve, I used 7 credit cards to pay off a house. How can I make a plan to start repaying my debt Ginger” The Answer   Dear Ginger, Well that’s a new situation I don’t think I’ve ever had to deal with before. I’m going to assume that when you say “a house” that it is your house. ... Read More »

      ChristBilt Builder Arrested For Stealing Money and Running a Scam

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      I am never surprised by the amount of fraud that is perpetrated using religion and christianity and as foundation for the scam. I wonder how many people thought they could easily trust a company with Christ in the name? Out of Atlanta, Charles Laboone, seen getting a free ride in a police car, was arrested for taking money from people ... Read More »

        A Debt Collector Keeps Calling Me From 212-500-0839 And Says I’ll Be Arrested. – Lavern

        “Dear Steve, What should I do if a collection company won’t give me their address? The guy that called was Jeff Parker (212) 500-0839. The message he left was that there were papers filed under my SS# at the New York City court and I needed to contact them right away. He first told me that he was from a ... Read More »

          Man Uncovers Credit Card Scam and Judge Awards Him £500.

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          Nigerians Gboyega Akinbola, 36, and Oyetunde Oyedeji, 31, went on a spending spree worth an estimated £60,000 after buying the credit card details of more than 1,100 people from an international hacking syndicate. The pair, who had registered as students after arriving in Britain, were only caught when Moss Hills, owner of the Stagebeat music store in Guildford, Surrey, noticed ... Read More »

            Grandparent Scam, One to Be Avoided

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            A scam picking up steam in Canada is one to warn people about. We need to help shield grandparents everywhere from this one. Typically, the con artist will call claiming to be one of the victim’s grandchildren. Crying to disguise his or her voice, he or she often claims to be in either Toronto or Quebec, needing money for some ... Read More »

              Death Sentence Given for Woman in Ponzi Scam

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              A former high-flying businesswoman was sentenced to death in Zhejiang Province for orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme. The scam lifted 770 million yuan (US$112.77 million) from 19 investors in less than two years. Jinhua City’s Intermediate People’s Court found Wu Ying, 28, guilty of running the scheme. The court also ordered all of Wu’s personal property confiscated, China News Service ... Read More »

                Jamaican Lottery Scam Cleaning Out Savings of Elderly People

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                Some elderly people have been pressurised into handing over their life savings to the operators of a lottery scam. The new Jamaican-based lottery scam has already seen some people in the UK lose several thousand pounds, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said. Victims received phone calls from operators claiming to be lawyers, bank officials or lottery organisers. But then ... Read More »

                  Man Probably Killed Himself After Falling For Love Scam By Woman Claiming to Be From Nigeria

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                  Police are warning people not to fall foul of financial scams, after one is believed to have cost a Grimsby UK man his life. Phillip Hunt, 58, lost £60,000 in a love scam before he was struck and killed by a train in August. Although officers cannot say whether Mr Hunt intended to take his own life, suspicious circumstances have ... Read More »

                    Man Fraudulently Tries to Sell Church He Didn’t Own

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                    A man involved in a complicated scam to sell a church he didn’t own has been found guilty on 11 counts of fraud. Tracy Carmichael, 46, of Detroit in 2007 offered to sell the Temple of God Deliverance on Mount Elliot to a woman who was interested in the property as a land investment. The scam involved Carmichael finding a ... Read More »

                      Clever Pre-Paid Card Scam Hits Canada

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                      It appears that some crooks are not stupid. In the latest frauds, investigators believe the suspects are snapping up prepaid “Vanilla” Mastercard or “Treat” VISA cards, widely available at gas stations and convenience stores, and sometimes using counterfeit credit cards to buy them. Criminals then alter the magnetic data encoding on the prepaid cards to that of a stolen credit ... Read More »

                        Frightening Calls From Fake Debt Collectors Threaten People With Jail for Payday Loans. It’s a Scam.

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                        Phantom phony debt collectors with Indian accents are calling people trying to scare them into paying debts that are not theirs. Some of the company names they use are American Credit Services, TAC Evolution, Allied Financial Services, CashNetUSA, Sonic Bank, Sonic CashNet, CashLand, and Cash America. If you know of others, please add them in the comments section below. The ... Read More »

                          NASCAR Ponzi Scam Nabs Drivers

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                          “Basically, the Ponzi scheme made investors believe that they could get them a guaranteed return on their investment up to 40.8 percent and they got them to invest their money and then used their money for their own personal gain. Our investigation is still in the process of collecting evidence and sorting through the different computers and everything else we ... Read More »

                            Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scam Closed

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                            At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court judge has imposed a telemarketing ban on a Canadian operation that targeted U.S. consumers with false claims that it could reduce their credit card interest rates. The court entered a permanent injunction that puts the defendants out of the telemarketing business and also bars them from misrepresenting that ... Read More »

                              Christian Credit Counselor Tells Us to Go to CCCS or Debt Settlement Instead. – Shelly

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                              Shelly “Dear Steve, I lost my job in 2005 and for a year and a half, we lived on one income (with a little extra from my part time jobs) on a two income budget. We used credit cards to help us during this time. Although I am now working full time, all we manage to do is make minimum ... Read More »

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