Thursday, December 9, 2021

Tag Archives: Scam

Two Arrested in Los Angeles for Their Roles in Hospice Fraud Conspiracy

Two California hospice facility owners were arrested today in Los Angeles on criminal charges related to their alleged participation in a kickback and health care fraud scheme. According to court documents, Oganes Doganyan, 49, of Northridge, and Kristine Arutyunyan, 38, of Glendale, paid illegal kickbacks for the referral of Medicare beneficiary information that could be used to bill for purported …

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Bogus Student Loan Relief Payment Processor Banned

The Federal Trade Commission obtained an order permanently banning a payment processor that facilitated a fraudulent student loan debt relief scheme from processing debt relief payments. The order also requires the company and its owner to surrender $500,000 to the FTC for consumer redress. The FTC’s complaint against Automatic Funds Transfer Services, Inc. (AFTS) and its owner, Eric Johnson, alleges …

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Three Operators of Financial Services Firm Charged and Arrested in Alleged $155 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

A three-count criminal indictment was unsealed yesterday in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Roberto Gustavo Cortes Ripalda, 54, of Madrid, Spain; Fernando Haberer Bergson, 48, of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Ernesto Heraclito Weisson Pazmino, 53, of Miami, Florida, with conspiring to defraud investors and financial institutions as part of an international fraud scheme stretching through …

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Beware of Debt Collection and Other Financial Service Scams, Especially During PostHoliday Bill Paying Season

The Federal Communications Commission has noticed an increase in scam debt relief calls, like the one I got. Here is the FCC statement, “The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be aware of callers falsely offering lower credit card payments or interest rates, credit card debt relief, and improved credit scores. These scams can be more common during and …

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Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Plenty of folks think they could never be outsmarted by a hacker; plenty of them are wrong. In fact, perhaps 97% are wrong. Two new studies make this point, and show the devastating consequences of being wrong. Security firm McAfee has created a tool that lets consumers test their ability to distinguish between real emails and fake “phishing” emails designed …

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Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

For all stripe of rip-off artist, tax season might as well be called open season. Scams are legion, and navigating a solution after the fact can be somewhere between maddening and negotiating an Iran deal that everyone likes. Last month the IRS issued a warning that received scant attention from the media, but nonetheless could impact millions of taxpayers this …

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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 …

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Federal Trade Commission Cracks Down on Caffeinated Underwear

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a settlement over claims made by Norm Thompson Outfiters and Warcoal America. The two marketers of women’s “shapewear” undergarments claimed their caffeine-infused underwear and pants could help you lose weight. Just one problem, the claims were false and not substantiated by scientific evidence. Oops. The proposed orders settling the FTC’s complaints bar Norm Thompson …

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Fake Local Cops Want Your Money

Well it looks like the old fake debt collector scam has now branched out with a new twist. Under the old version the fake collectors posed as law enforcement and similarly elicited money to keep people allegedly out of jail. This time the scammers, who are often calling from outside of the country, are spoofing local law enforcement. Don’t fall …

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Warning – Email With Windows 8 is a Scam

Local residents have said they’ve received an email that appears to contain only a single PDF file called 2014.pdf. If you get an email like that from someone you don’t know, don’t open the attached PDF. Delete it. It is always surprising how many people fall for similar scams. The claims and sales pitch made in the emails is simply …

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