All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Scam’

Unlimited Data Plan Scam Causing FTC To Sue AT&T

AT&T is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading their customers into believing that they were receiving an “unlimited data plan” when they were really having their internet speeds decreased by up to 90 percent. On Tuesday, October 28, the FTC filed a complaint against the company at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, California, explaining …

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ATM $37,000: A Man’s Get Rich & Lose it Quick Scheme

A Maine news website tells us how a homeless man in South Portland, Maine– with an ATM card and 140 dollars in his account –somehow found a way to make a quick profit and had his hands on $37,000 all for five minutes. As he maneuvered the ATM to do his bidding, the woman waiting behind him got impatient suspicious …

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Sara Ylen Fakes Cervical Cancer, Sentenced to One Year for Fraud

On Wednesday, a 38-year-old Michigan woman was sentenced to one year in prison for money fraud against a healthcare insurance company and generous local supporters. Sara Ylen of Lexington, Mich., accepted thousands of dollars in donations for years by publicizing false claims of cervical cancer. According to NY Daily News, her story first reached local media coverage in 2003 when …

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Cancer Scammer Brittany Ozarowski Pleads Guilty

Turns out Brittany Ozarowski was not suffering from cancer at all. The drug addict shocked the Long Island community back in April when it was revealed that she had been scamming sympathetic folks out of their money to buy heroin. Ozarowski pleaded guilty Monday to the charges filed against her, including third-degree grand larceny, first-degree fraud scheme and first-degree offering false …

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Teen Pays $735 For A Photo Of An Xbox One On eBay

For only £450 ($735), Peter Clatworthy, a 19-year-old student of Bilborough, Nottingham, United Kingdom, thought he was going to get an Xbox One. He didn’t. Instead, Clatworthy ended up paying the hefty price on eBay for a picture of the new video game console. The console was intended to be a surprise Christmas gift for his four-year old son, McKenzie, …

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Fire Department Charges Family $20,000 After Their Home Burns Down

A family in Surprise, Arizona certainly got the shock of their life after their home burned down and they received a bill for almost $20,000. Even though their home was a total loss, they are still expected to pay $19,825 to a private fire department the family says showed up after the fire was put out. The family didn’t have …

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Virtual Kidnapping: Four Charged in Virtual Scam

It seems that virtual kidnappings are on the rise. Recent investigations led to the arrest of four virtual kidnappers from Mexico.  According to a federal indictment unsealed on Friday 8, the kidnappers were using telecommunication tactics to collect money from the people they could pick under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped while crossing to US illegally. In …

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Irving Fryar & Mother Indicted in New Jersey

It was not a happy hump day for former NFL wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother. Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were indicted on Wednesday by a grand jury in New Jersey for a mortgage fraud scam. The pair worked together to steal more than $690,000. They were indicted for theft by deception and counts of conspiracy. According …

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Bernie Madoff Accountant Charged with Fraud

NBC News reported this week that Paul Konigsberg, an attorney and accountant, was charged yesterday with falsifying records and related securities connected to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Konigsberg is the only non-Madoff family member who owned a controlling interest in the investment fund. The indictment released by the District Attorney for the Southern District of New York almost reached …

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Who Falls For Nigerian Email Scams? The Gullible, of Course

We’ve all gotten them. The emails from someone purporting to have a lot of money that needs help sailing through the tricky waters of international banking. The ones that need us (me!) to do the important work of banking for a prince, or deceased magnate. Those messages from Nigeria. Those scam emails. But why do those scammers write that they …

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Fake Apple Survey Email Making The Rounds

A fake survey claiming to be from Apple is making the rounds this morning. It’s pretty much your basic phishing email. It offers the recipient the chance to take a survey in exchange for $115 Apple Store gift card. Of course, if you know what to look for, the email is full of red flags. First off, there are numerous …

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Likejacking Scams on Facebook

Be careful who you friend and what websites you are being requested to visit because some sites employ a “Manual Sharing Scam” – better known as “Likejacking” or Clickjacking. Once users click on these scamming sites they could receive posts on their wall that say they “Like” the site, in an effort to spread itself virally. The scam spreads once …

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