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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 01, 2010 Consumer Confidential
QUOTE: Do you know when you're being hustled by bankers, mortgage brokers, and investment peddlers? Check out our tip sheet on financial pros' everyday deceptions—and how to protect yourself against them
AARP Bulletin Oct 19, 2009 Investment firm dares to cry corruption in Russia: British company outlines tax fraud's many accomplices
QUOTE: Hermitage Capital Management, once the largest foreign investor in the Russian stock market, is escalating its campaign to force the Kremlin to punish officials suspected of stealing $230 million from the government last year...
Washington Post Oct 01, 2009 America's High-Tech Sweatshops: U.S. companies may be contributing unwittingly to the exploitation of workers imported from India and elsewhere by tech-services outfits
QUOTE: While many [tech-service] outfits operate legally and provide high-quality talent, there is growing evidence that others violate U.S. laws and mistreat their recruits.
BusinessWeek Sep 16, 2009 Where are the subprime perp walks?: Three years after the housing bubble popped, prosecutors have yet to bring a major case tied to the subprime fiasco. What gives?
QUOTE: Three years after the housing bubble popped, federal prosecutors have yet to bring a case against the executives whose firms took part in some of the worst excesses of the subprime mortgage market.
Fortune Sep 07, 2009 U.S. expands H-1B fraud case against IT services firm
QUOTE: The U.S. government late last month filed a new, expanded 18-count indictment that now seeks $4.9 million from a New Jersey IT services firm it has accused of fraudulently using H-1B visas.
Computerworld Sep 02, 2009 Report Details How Madoff’s Web Ensnared S.E.C.
QUOTE: “despite numerous credible and detailed complaints,” the S.E.C. never took “the necessary, but basic, steps to determine if [Bernard L.] Madoff was operating a Ponzi scheme.”
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 Three Alleged Hackers Indicted in Large Identity-Theft Case
QUOTE: A federal grand jury has indicted three people on charges of hacking into the files of the credit and debit card processing giant Heartland Payment Systems last year in what the Justice Department is calling the largest identity-theft case ever prosecuted.
Washington Post Aug 07, 2009 Worldwide Slump Makes Nigeria's Online Scammers Work That Much Harder
QUOTE: U.S. authorities say Americans -- the easiest prey, according to Nigerian scammers -- lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year to cybercrimes, including a scheme known as the Nigerian 419 fraud, named for a section of the Nigerian criminal code. Now financially squeezed, Americans succumb even more easily to offers of riches, experts say.
Washington Post Aug 05, 2009 90% of Bing's online drug ads lead to rogue pharmacies
QUOTE: A new report by KnujOn, an antispam company, and LegitScript, which verifies the legitimacy of particular online pharmacies... claims that 89.7 percent of the prescription drug and online pharmacy search ads reviewed on Microsoft's adCenter led to rogue Internet pharmacies.
Ars Technica Aug 03, 2009 'Guerrilla' stem cell clinic raided by police
QUOTE: Stem cell tourism – patients paying for treatment at illegal "guerrilla" clinics – continues to be a lucrative racket.
New Scientist Jul 26, 2009 In New Jersey, Ideal Conditions for Corruption
QUOTE: As 44 people walked before cameras last week, their hands in cuffs, after they were arrested in the state’s biggest corruption scandal in years — but not, to be sure, that many years — even their most scandal-fatigued constituents, from the gritty precincts of Journal Square in Jersey City to the glittering new condominiums on the Hudson in Hoboken, began to wonder: Why is New Jersey so unshakably corrupt?
New York Times Jul 23, 2009 Click Fraud's New Asian Connection: Vietnam may be a new waypoint for pay-per-click scammers.
QUOTE: A report Anchor published Thursday shows that nearly half of all the advertising clicks coming from Vietnam are composed of fraudulent traffic aimed at inflating online publishers' advertising revenue...
Forbes Jul 23, 2009 2 N.J. Mayors Arrested in Broad Inquiry on Corruption
QUOTE: The mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, two state assemblymen, five rabbis and dozens of others were rounded up early Thursday as the F.B.I. swept across New Jersey and Brooklyn as part of a two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation...
New York Times Jul 15, 2009 N.Y. Quadrangle Probe Intensifies
QUOTE: New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo has stepped up his investigation of an investment firm founded by the former head of the Obama administration's autos task force,
Washington Post Jul 01, 2009 Tempting Targets: How Can We Protect Against Elder Abuse During a Down Economy?
QUOTE: The numbers show a spike in elder abuse nationwide, and experts say it’s driven by the economic stress of gutted investments, lost jobs, slashed salaries and foreclosed homes.
AARP Jul 01, 2009 Scam Alert: Home, Stolen Home: Forged deeds can give crooks the keys to your castle
QUOTE: House stealing is a fast-growing and easy scam. Once a home is targeted... scammers find out who owns it by searching public records. To prove how easy this scam is, William Sherman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Daily News in New York, bought the Empire State Building with doctored documents.
AARP May 25, 2009 Referral System Turns Patients Into Commodities
QUOTE: Physician-to-physician referrals are the currency of day-to-day transactions in medicine, but as with any currency, they can be manipulated.
New York Times May 05, 2009 Acorn Charged in Voter Registration Fraud Case in Nevada
QUOTE: A prominent antipoverty organization [ACORN] that drew criticism from Republicans during last year’s presidential race was charged by Nevada officials Monday with engaging in voter registration fraud.
New York Times Apr 21, 2009 Report Details Broad Scope of Fraud at Satyam
QUOTE: Managers at the outsourcing company Satyam Computer Services spun an elaborate web of fraud to attract customers and investors, while using stakes in the company to raise cash for themselves, according to a report filed by India’s top investigation agency.
New York Times Apr 14, 2009 PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security
QUOTE: Hackers have crossed into new frontiers by devising sophisticated ways to steal large amounts of personal identification numbers, or PINs, protecting credit and debit cards, says an investigator.
Wired Apr 10, 2009 Companies Defrauded Churches, D.C. Says: Black Congregations Lured Into Kiosk Scam, Lawsuit Claims
QUOTE: alleging that five companies defrauded at least 30 Washington area congregations of hundreds of thousands of dollars through a computer equipment scam
Washington Post Mar 07, 2009 Mortgage Fraud Case Poses Federal Quandary
QUOTE: she [Waver Brickhouse] fell behind on her mortgage payments and turned to a so-called rescue firm, which, court papers allege, tricked her into signing away the deed to her Brooklyn home. She says the company, Home Savers Consulting, secretly sold her home, with the help of a mortgage from IndyMac Federal Bank, and ran up huge new debts. ...faces a new problem. She must convince the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which last year took control of IndyMac, now insolvent, that her mortgage payments should not include at least $150,000 tacked on by fraud.
New York Times Mar 02, 2009 Instant tax 'refunds' come under fire: States crack down on high-interest tax loans.
QUOTE: For years, consumer advocacy groups have warned against so-called "instant" or "same-day" [tax] refunds. The reason: these refunds are actually bank loans, and they often bring exorbitant fees.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 05, 2009 Beneath Cash4Gold's shiny veneer, a dull reality (Technology)
QUOTE: beneath the shiny veneer lies a dull reality: Cash4Gold is essentially a buyer of scrap metal. And scrap doesn’t fetch much on the open market.
Los Angeles Times May 03, 2007 E-mail may be hazardous to your career: Careless e-mailing has brought down some high-flyers. Fortune shares tips on how to keep safe.
QUOTE: And e-mail doesn't ensnare just the top brass.... For most of us, common sense and good values keep such problems at bay. But there are plenty of gray areas when it comes to e-mail
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 13, 2006 Google's Click-Fraud Crackdown
QUOTE: Click fraud has become a classic security arms race....How do you tell if there's an actual person sitting in front of a computer screen? How do you tell that the person is paying attention, hasn't automated his responses, and isn't being assisted by friends?
Wired Apr 23, 2006 Thinking Like the Pros and Cons: Insider Tips Can Help Turn Swindlers' Games Against Them
QUOTE: ...while investigating dozens of scams close-up for his new book, "Scam Proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You & Your Family From Ripoffs, Bogus Deals & Other Consumer Headaches," even Kirchheimer was surprised by the ingenuity and audacity of some of the tricks that fleece consumers of billions of dollars annually.
Washington Post Mar 21, 2006 Looking for a job? Beware the scams
QUOTE: ...some con artists use the popularity of online job boards to find victims for their financial schemes. By scouring through resumes and sending e-mails to job seekers or posting their own ads, scammers can lure job seekers onto bogus sites or entice them to pay upfront fees for phantom jobs. It even happens on the big-name sites: Monster.com states in its "Be Safe" section that fraudulent job listings are sometimes posted to collect sensitive data from unwitting job seekers.
Bankrate.com Feb 14, 2006 FEMA Aid Effort Fraught With Fraud
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of people received aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency using possibly fraudulent identities because the relief effort did not perform routine checks that might have flagged such activity...
Washington Post Jan 11, 2006 I.R.S. Move Said to Hurt the Poor
QUOTE: Tax refunds sought by 1.6 million poor Americans over the last five years were frozen and their returns labeled fraudulent, although the vast majority appear to have done nothing wrong, the Internal Revenue Service's taxpayer advocate told Congress yesterday.
New York Times Dec 27, 2005 Fraud Alleged at Red Cross Call Centers: Contract Workers in Calif. Stole From Katrina Aid Program, Indictments Say
QUOTE: Nearly 50 people have been indicted in connection with a scheme that bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Red Cross program to put cash into the hands of Hurricane Katrina victims...
Washington Post Dec 08, 2005 The Rembrandt Code
QUOTE: ...25 works attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn that are now under intense scrutiny. Some of these paintings have dubious origins; experts believe that others, like Flora, are bona fide Rembrandts....Using hi-res digital cameras and software that he wrote himself, Rockmore aims to examine the brushstrokes from Flora and 24 other works to reveal Rembrandt's unique mathematical fingerprint.
Wired Aug 31, 2005 4 scholarships scams to avoid
QUOTE: ...thousands of students and their parents get taken every year by con artists promising -- but never delivering -- money for college. The Federal Trade Commission warns about these seductive statements that might signal potential fraud....
Bankrate.com Aug 23, 2005 Beware impostor offers of free credit report
QUOTE: ...starting Sept. 1, everyone in the USA will be eligible to order a free credit report from the three major credit-reporting agencies. But be careful. The Internet is littered with promotions for "free" credit reports, and many are back-door efforts to sell credit-monitoring services and other products...
USA TODAY Aug 16, 2005 Many Manay Sneakwrap Tricks
QUOTE: Just how low can software publishers go in hiding the true nature of what they're selling deep in the fine print of their sneakwrap terms? An outfit called Manay Software is testing those limits of those murky depths with what appears to be a EULA-sanctified bait and switch scheme.
InfoWorld Aug 10, 2005 Beware of Domain Dupers
QUOTE: ...sent me a letter. It included my domain name, customer number, and a notice date. It contained words like "listing" and "final," and it seemed to know more about me than it would if it were just a casual business pitch...The notice was designed in such a way as to make me think that I had to pay a fee to maintain my domain ownership.
PC Magazine Aug 06, 2005 Nigerian Net Grifters Doing Fine
QUOTE: In the con that internet users are probably most familiar with, the e-mailer poses as a corrupt official looking for help in smuggling a fortune to a foreign bank account. E-mail or fax recipients are told that if they provide their banking and personal details and deposit certain sums of money, they'll get a cut of the loot.
Wired Jul 29, 2005 Hot Housing Market Opens Doors for Fraud: Dream of Homeownership Is Preyed Upon
QUOTE: Fueled by loose credit and lending standards, a growing number of "subprime" mortgage companies and rogue bands of scam artists are using false appraisals to inflate prices, stripping equity from elderly homeowners and even persuading untutored homeowners to surrender their home deeds.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2005 Foreclosure Scams
QUOTE: ...foreclosure "rescue" scams fall into three main categories: * Phantom help: The "rescuer" charges outrageous fees for light-duty phone calls or paperwork....bait-and-switch: In this scam, the homeowners think they are signing documents to bring the mortgage current, but instead actually surrender their ownership...Rescuers" often place ownership of the property into a trust...
Bankrate.com Jun 04, 2005 Con Artists Play Troubling Game: Grand Theft Home
QUOTE: "The National Consumer Law Center, (which) this week issued a comprehensive report on "the rampant theft of Americans' homes and equity" by con artists who promise to save houses from foreclosure,..."
Washington Post May 06, 2005 A MyFamily Tradition
QUOTE: What two things do Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, Family Tree Maker software and a number of other genealogy-related website and products have in common? One is that they are all happily members of the same corporate family under "parent" company MyFamily.com Inc. The other is that they share a family trait of generating gripes from customers about sneaky credit card charges.
InfoWorld May 02, 2005 Phone (don't click) for your free credit report
QUOTE: An estimated 50 impostor domains are active and luring unsuspecting customers to questionable sites -- including to Experian, Equifax and TransUnion sites that charge for the very same service they are offering for free.
Bankrate.com Apr 26, 2005 Whoa, Canada: SSN Request Doesn't Add Up
QUOTE: The proliferation of identity theft has made Americans more aware of the threat of criminals stealing Social Security numbers and other data...
Washington Post Apr 25, 2005 Scam artists target members of the military
QUOTE: In many military communities, scam artists target active-duty military members and veterans with an eye-popping variety of rip-offs including payday loans, car title cons and repair scams.
Bankrate.com Apr 22, 2005 Parago Rebate Gripes Keep on Coming
QUOTE: I first noted three years ago that a suspiciously large percentage of the rebate gripes I was getting involve rebate fulfillment house Parago and its RebatesHQ.com subsidiary.
InfoWorld Mar 07, 2005 Phishing Is Big Business
QUOTE: Phishing, which first appeared more than 10 years ago, has grown from humble roots to become the international electronic crime of choice for amateurs and professionals alike.
eWeek Feb 25, 2005 Don't let your phone be hijacked
QUOTE: ...maybe the caller says you've won a prize. To claim it, you must dial some specific numbers. Warning: It's a scam.
Bankrate.com Feb 08, 2005 Not all tax preparers created equal, so do some checking
QUOTE: ...strong demand for tax preparation also has attracted some unsavory characters. Some are incompetent, overlooking deductions and credits that could lower your tax bill. Others are crooks who manufacturer phony expenses in an effort to pump up your refund.
USA TODAY Feb 02, 2005 Database Fights Diploma Mills
QUOTE: ...online database Tuesday that includes the names, addresses and enrollment of all schools accredited by organizations recognized by the federal government. Assistant Secretary of Education Sally Stroup called the database an "important tool to combat the growing industry of diploma mills that scam unsuspecting consumers and employers by offering fraudulent degrees."
Wired Dec 25, 2004 From Foreclosure to the Cleaners: Indebted Homeowners Say 'Rescue' Services Bilked Them
QUOTE: ...house-rich but cash-poor homeowners desperate to stave off foreclosure end up losing ownership to those who promise to save them.
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