Why Are Churches Taking Out Merchant Cash Advances? FTC Bans RAM Capital Funding.

Two of the defendants behind an alleged small business financing scheme, RAM Capital Funding, LLC and its owner Tzvi Reich, will be permanently banned from the merchant cash advance and debt collection industries, and required to pay $675,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they used deceptive and illegal means to seize assets from … Read more

Beware of This Banks Cashier Checks

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American National Bank and Trust Company has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks using the bank’s routing number of 051401027 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various internet scams involving mystery shopping and job opportunities. There are at least three known variations of counterfeit items in circulation; coloration is unknown. Variation #1 – … Read more

FNB Loan Text Message is Scam – Watch Out

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been informed that an entity using the name “FNB” is misrepresenting itself as a national bank. While the entity may represent that they are affiliated with a legitimate financial institution, they are not. The fictitious entity has been robocalling and robotexting consumers to obtain information … Read more

Beware of Amarico Trust Bank Scam

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been informed that an entity using the name “Amarico Trust Bank” and branding itself as “AmTrust Bank,” an inactive institution, is misrepresenting itself as a national bank. The fictitious entity has been using a foreign-hosted website designed to obtain information to likely perpetrate identity theft. … Read more

Gift Cards Increase as Scam

A new Federal Trade Commission data spotlight shows that in the first nine months of 2021, consumers reported losing $148 million in scams where gift cards were used as the form of payment. That amount is more than was reported in all of 2020. Nearly 40,000 consumers reported using gift cards to pay a scammer … Read more