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Scammers, Not Soldiers: Internet Romance Cons Get a Military Twist

Filed under: Crime”It’s very embarrassing,” says Denise Tarramorse, 43, reflecting on the five months she spent in a long-distance relationship with a man she believed to be a American soldier, but who was actually a con artist. “These families give up…

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Don’t Get Scammed: Free Fraud Hotline Aims to Aid, Educate

Filed under: Consumer Ally This is International Fraud Awareness Week, when various companies and nonprofit organizations work to educate people about how to avoid becoming victims of financial fraud. Last year, American consumers lost more than $1.7 b…

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Mafia Takes Over Publicly Traded Company

As Occupy Wall Street protestors chant about the criminals in the boardroom, actual thieves — including men associated with the mafia — have spent years quietly running FirstPlus Financial Group (FPFX), a Texas-based company and a one-time subprime l…

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Protect Yourself from Halloween’s Scary Scammers

Filed under: Retail, Consumer Ally, CrimeStill scrambling to find a Halloween costume? Beware of ghoulish fraudsters looking to profit from your mad dash.

Last year, the Better Business Bureau, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating …

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Street Gangs Clean Up on White Collar Crime

Filed under: CrimeViolent street gangs that have historically focused on drug trafficking and gun running are expanding into white collar crime. According to a report released last Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, members from a slew of g…

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