FTC Alert for Spanish-speaking victims of a mortgage relief scam

FTC Alert for Spanish-speaking victims of a mortgage relief scam
According to the FTC, Brookstone Law and Advantis Law firms convinced homeowners to make an upfront payment to join a mortgage lawsuit against banks and lenders, supposedly to help them avoid foreclosure, get rid of their mortgages, or get money from their lenders.

FTC investigators have discovered that . . . → Read More: FTC Alert for Spanish-speaking victims of a mortgage relief scam

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IRS Imposter Scams Infographic

IRS Imposter Scams Infographic

Scammers pretend to be IRS officials to get you to send . . . → Read More: IRS Imposter Scams Infographic

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Sending money out of love, or sending a scammer money?

Sending money out of love, or sending a scammer money?
Consumer reminder from  FTC

Love is a powerful thing. So when a loved one calls or emails, saying they’re in trouble, you’d want to help, right? If they ask you to send cash immediately — should you follow your heart?

The short answer is: no. Unfortunately, scammers pretend to be . . . → Read More: Sending money out of love, or sending a scammer money?

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FTC Settlement: Tax Relief Scammers and Resources for Consumers

FTC Settlement: Tax Relief Scammers Agree to Pay More Than $15 Million

American Tax Relief Scheme Bilked Consumers With False Promises They Qualified for IRS Programs to Reduce Tax Debts

Under an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, the defendants in a scheme that allegedly bilked consumers out of more than $100 million by falsely claiming they could . . . → Read More: FTC Settlement: Tax Relief Scammers and Resources for Consumers

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Senior Scam StopperSM Seminars in Sacramento

Senior Scam StopperSM Seminars

Seniors are a vulnerable audience, often preyed upon by unlicensed or unscrupulous contractors.

Senior Scam Stopper seminars have been offered  throughout the state since 1999 in cooperation with legislators, state and local agencies, law  enforcement, district attorneys, and community-based organizations.

In addition to providing information about construction-related scams and how seniors can  protect themselves . . . → Read More: Senior Scam StopperSM Seminars in Sacramento

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IRS Consumer Alert – Phishing scam targeting Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees

The IRS issued the following alert related to a phishing scam tartgeting the military.

IRS Consumer Alert

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees. The email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email . . . → Read More: IRS Consumer Alert – Phishing scam targeting Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees

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CFPB Update: Notice about possible “sweepstakes” scam

The following update was provided by the CFPB regarding a previous post warning consumers about a “sweepstakes” scam.

Update: Notice about possible “sweepstakes” scam

Last month we told you about a possible sweepstakes scam and while we continue to investigate, we wanted to update you about a new twist.

Originally, we learned of:

“…phone calls about a sweepstakes offer from . . . → Read More: CFPB Update: Notice about possible “sweepstakes” scam

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Tips for Avoiding Mortgage Modification Scams

 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,  U.S. Treasury and Special Inspector General issued tips for homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments.

Tips for Avoiding Mortgage Modification Scams

Homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments should beware of con artists and scams that promise to save their homes and lower their mortgage debt or payments.

If you are struggling . . . → Read More: Tips for Avoiding Mortgage Modification Scams

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