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Research The “What If’s” Before Losing Money Or Merchandise Online

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Have you lost money or merchandise online? Sadly you’re pretty much on your own. Most local police send failed internet transactions to the FBI’s IC3 website to file a complaint. Chances are you’ve went this route and never were followed up by the feds! 😥 The internet today is like the old wild-wild-west of yesteryear….
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Vehicle History Report Scam Targeting Consumers Selling Used Cars

Vehicle History Report Scam

The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning this month about vehicle history report scams tricking consumers into giving up their personal information. It’s a form of Phishing in an attempt to steal your personal information / identity. 😥 Beware con artists are everywhere! You get a call or text from someone who claims to be…
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Work From Home Scam Fake Website Exposed

Work From Home Scam Exposed

Do You Really Think Earning $87 Hourly Working From Home Is A Reality? Possibly if you own an established business, but definitely NOT this work from home get rich quick scheme we debunk! This one is really slick. It want’s you to think it’s from BBC News, but that’s spoofed. It’s actually being generated by…
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People’s Choice Charities Alleged Car Donation Fraud

People’s Choice Charities Alleged Used Car Donation Fraud

From Patch.com: Prosecutors Allege State and county prosecutors filed papers to close down a car donation charity that allegedly pockets proceeds and misleads donors. The state attorney general and county prosecutors today filed a $3 million consumer protection lawsuit against a North Hollywood- based car donation charity that allegedly misled donors about how much money…
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NICB Warns of Widespread Craigslist Auto Sales Scam

NICB Warns Of Widespread Craigslist Auto Sales Scam

NICB an insurance industry-backed crime watch group is warning about an organized auto sales fraud involving the popular online market place, Craigslist. Working with law enforcement agencies in the Chicago area and across the Midwest, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says it has identified nearly 100 sales where phony bank checks were used to…
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Georgia Couple Murdered In Craigslist Car Scam

GA Missing Couple Bud June Runion

Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife June were headed to McRae GA on Thursday to meet someone who responded to an ad Bud Runion placed on Craigslist seeking a 1966 Mustang. Relatives became concerned when the couple did not return for a family function and did not answer their cell phone. Cobb County detectives believe…
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Will Green Dots “Reload @ the Register” Stop Fraud

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Green Dot Corporation just announced it’s “Reload @ the Register” program. After reading a post on NJ.com that touted the end of Green Dot Moneypak Fraud. “Bamboozled: How to end MoneyPak scams? If you can’t catch the con artists, kill the cards.” I searched the article for the companies press release on the subject. Maybe…
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10 Tips For A Successful Car-Buying Experience

Buying Cars On Craigslist

Are you looking for a used car and shopping on Craigslist? If so Car and Driver just published this article i suggest you read. The vehicle listings on Craigslist are often light on graphics and always free of oversight, and cruising them can be an eye-opening experience. Usable at no cost for most sellers, half-truths…
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Cybercrime Ring Selling Non Existent Cars Busted

Cyber Crime Ring Busted Selling Non Existent Cars

A group of Eastern European men have been charged with running a multimillion-dollar scam through sites including eBay and Cars.com, prosecutors announced Thursday. Charges were unsealed against Romanian national Nicolae Popescu, currently a fugitive, along with five of his compatriots and one Albanian who also remain at large. U.S. law enforcement officials have issued alerts…
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Two Romanians Convicted Of Bank Fraud Sentenced

FBI Report: Vehicle Purchase Protection Fraud

Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that two Romanian citizens were sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven for participating in an extensive Internet “phishing” scheme. Bogdan Boceanu,…
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MoneyGram To Refund $100M To Fraud Victims

MoneyGram Busted For Money Laundering

MoneyGram International has admitted it criminally aided and abetted wire fraud and failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program. The global money services firm has agreed to forfeit $100 million and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Justice Department. According to court documents, MoneyGram was involved in mass marketing and consumer…
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Internet Auto Scams Using Google Checkout

Google Checkout Scam Warning!

Just a quick reminder that Fraudsters are using Google Checkout as a 3rd party in an attempt to add legitimacy to their scams. Once again it’s the lure of an unrealistic price that makes these scams work. Don’t fall for it and loose your money! Read my article Internet Car Buying Tips first before attempting…
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Another Holiday Phishing Scam Website Exposed

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It’s the Holiday Season and Fraudsters are working hard to try and steal your money. This consumer was smart and asked about a suspected fraudulent website on eBay’s Motors Discussion Board. Most of the regulars are quite net savvy, but one did claim the site in question was indeed legit! Also Internet Scammers Blogged about…
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BestAtvStore.com XSS Cross Site Scripting Fraud

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This poster on eBay’s Motors Forums claimed he was redirected to www.bestatvstore.com after clicking on an eBay internal link. That sounds like another eBay XSS Redirect that has been uncorrected for many years. Hey John Bodine.. Why don’t you post in one of your eBay forums “we heard you and have fixed that redirect vulnerability.”…
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Fraudulent Dependable Auto Shipping Website

Scammers Fake DAS Auto Shipping Website

This counterfeit Dependable Auto Shippers Website was uncovered by Internet Scammers Blog. This website is probably used in conjunction with the Fake eBay VPP Scam and Scam eBay Live Support Chat websites. Fraudsters use look-a-like websites in an attempt to add visual legitimacy to their illegal operations. Don’t swallow the sucker bait and lose your…
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