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Consumer Fraud

Do Your Homework Before Buying a Timeshare

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.23.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

I understand the appeal of having a guaranteed vacation home in an area you love and the flexibility many timeshares offer of being able to swap your unit. But I worry that many buyers don't consider all associated costs and mistakenly think timeshares are sound financial investments that will appreciate in value.

Seniors: Be on High Alert for Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jason Alderman

I look forward to the day when we no longer need to warn senior citizens about scams designed to separate them from their hard-earned money. I'm not holding my breath, however.

Obamacare Wars: When Does Political Speech Become Commercial Fraud?

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans are about to embark upon a summer of lies about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

Don't Get 'Spoofed' by Rogue Callers

Jason Alderman | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

You wouldn't give your personal information to a stranger on the street. Take the same level of precaution with strangers on the phone -- or online.

Undocumented Consumers: Include Consumer Protection in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Norman I. Silber | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Norman I. Silber

Will Congress structure the legalization process to ensure that eligible applicants don't get detained or deported based on their efforts to hold others accountable for incompetence or fraud?

Eleazar David Melendez

Overdraft Fees Continue To Make Banks Richer, Poor Poorer

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.29.2013 | Business

Financially struggling Americans paid an increasing amount of money in overdraft fees last year, in spite of a 2010 rule designed to prevent abusive o...

Caveat Emptor: Meteor Advisory

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 04.24.2013 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

Officials at the Federal Trade Commission are warning Americans to be on the alert for a new wave of consumer fraud based on the recent arrival of a large meteor in northern Russia.

Avoiding Tax Refund Identity Fraud

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

Many people file their income tax returns as early in the year as possible. Some are eager to claim their tax refund right away, while others are trying not to procrastinate. Let me add another good reason to file your taxes right away: tax refund identity fraud.

Woman Finds Shocking Surprise In iPad Package

Posted 10.11.2012 | Money

Courtney Akers wanted a tablet for her 15th birthday but never imagined when she opened her gift that she would get the 20th-century paper version. ...

How to Catch a 'Phish'

Jason Alderman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

Their names may sound funny but their financial consequences are not: "Phishing," "smishing" and "vishing" are just a few of the ways criminals can gain access to your financial or personal information via your computer or smartphone.

Hebrew National Getting Grilled

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Even the name sounds authoritative. They are feted as one of great kosher additions to modern American cuisine. However, the "higher authority" they answer to might be called profits.

Cleanup Company Allegedly Scammed Families After Gruesome Tragedies

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 05.12.2012 | Business

A tragedy can bring out the kindness of others, or it can become a playground for fraud and deception. Aftermath Inc., a company that offers crime...

Sex Enhancement Drug Maker Pays Millions Back To Customers

AP | DAN SEWELL | Posted 07.08.2012 | Money

CINCINNATI — The U.S. Justice Department has released $24 million to pay people who bought products promising sexual enhancement and other benef...

Beware of Mystery Shopper Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Crime
Jason Alderman

Getting paid to go shopping may sound like a dream job to some, but buyer beware: For each legitimate mystery or secret shopper opportunity, probably hundreds more are scams.

BofA Arm Loses Big In Customer Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business

(Adds details) By Suzanne Barlyn Feb 1 - Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit must pay nearly $1.4 million in dama...

Fake Check Scams Continue to Spread

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Crime
Jason Alderman

Years ago, fake checks were easier to spot. But today's sophisticated scanners, printers and software programs make it simple to create checks that sometimes even fool authorities.

Arizona Sues Bank Of America, Alleges Loan Modification Fraud

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PHOENIX — Attorneys general in Arizona and Nevada filed civil lawsuits Friday against Bank of America Corp., alleging that the lender is mislead...

A Vaccine Against Debt Settlement Sickness

Lisa Madigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lisa Madigan

The signing into law of my office's initiative -- the Illinois Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act -- will provide Illinois consumers with the strongest protection in the nation against the abuses of debt settlement companies.

Budget Cuts Trim Mortgage Complaint Resources

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
ProPublica

In Georgia, most of the state workers handling mortgage-related complaints have been laid off. Now, just one staffer -- working "more than full time" -- handles all of the complaints.

The Big 'Ex-Gay' Extravaganza

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Wayne Besen

Exodus Intl. may smile and tell the mainstream media they love homosexuals, but at the "ex-gay" group's glitzy annual conference in Asheville, NC., 700 confused gay people had their souls strip-mined.