Consumer Fraud Forum Blog

2016 Was A Banner Year For Identity Theft

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 6, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, Identity theft

A new study finds that a record number of Americans were victims of identity theft in 2016. According to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study by Javelin Strategy & Research, 15.4 million Americans were victims last year – up 16 percent from 2015.

AT&T To Pay Out $88M in Refunds Over Mobile Craming Scam

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, Consumer News

AT&T is paying out $88 million in refunds to millions of customers over cramming charges.

FTC Shuts Down Telemarketing Scam Aimed at Seniors and Veterans

POSTED: William PinilisOctober 31, 2016 at 11:35 AM / Fraud, Scams

The Federal Trade Commission has shut down a telemarketing scheme that promised money-making opportunities and grants to seniors, veterans and debt-laden consumers. 

Comcast Fined 2.3 Million For Mischarging Consumers

POSTED: William PinilisOctober 13, 2016 at 11:11 AM / Fraud, Consumer News
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The Federal Communications Commission has fined Comcast $2.3 million dollars for wrongfully charging customers for equipment and/or services they never ordered.

Agencies Ban Together To Stop International Mass Mail Fraud

POSTED: William PinilisOctober 4, 2016 at 12:03 PM / Fraud, Scams

Most Americans would be hard pressed to return from a trip to their mailboxes without a couple of pieces of junk mail.  Each day, we receive unwanted solicitations announcing everything from credit card offers to cheap dental care to sweepstakes winnings. Although most direct mail is harmless (although...

Fraudsters Targeting New Yorkers with Vermin Control Scam

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, Scams

New York City officials are warning residents of a new scam – this one involving fake pest control fees.

AT&T Fined Millions for Billing Scam

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM / Fraud, Consumer News

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered AT&T to pay $7.75 million in refunds and fines for allowing third-party charges for a sham directory-assistance service on its customers’ telephone bills. The fraud was uncovered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration during an investigation into an...

IRS Warns Consumers to Watchout for Scams This Summer

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 10, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, IRS Scams, Scams

Tax season may be over, but the Internal Revenue Service says the scams are just getting started.

New Email Scam Preys on the Religious

POSTED: William PinilisJuly 26, 2016 at 12:01 PM / Fraud, Scams

We’ve all heard the stories of seniors being duped out of thousands of dollars by fraudsters pretending to be a loved one in trouble. Now fraudsters are looking to swindle thousands from the faithful by pretending to be clergy members.

WhatsApp Gold Service Scam Coming to a Smartphone Near You

POSTED: William PinilisJune 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, Identity theft, Internet & Email Scams, Scams

There is a message circulating on the WhatsApp service that is tricking users into installing malware. The scam offers users the chance to upgrade to a premium 'gold' service.

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