Posts Tagged ‘Consumer Fraud’

April 3rd, 2022 - 2:50 pm § in Health

Beware telemedicine fraud (video)

A phone call could cost you thousands of dollars. Watch this segment from the April 1, 2022, NBC Nightly News broadcast to learn how crooks exploit telemedicine to steal your money. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

January 27th, 2022 - 3:08 pm § in Politics

Federal judge OKs states’ probe of shady GOP fundraising tactic

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by WinRed, a GOP fundraising platform (details here), “seeking to block attorneys general in four states from investigating the company’s fundraising tactics,” CNBC reported on Thursday, January 27, 2022 (story here). The New York Times reported last[...]

April 4th, 2021 - 6:52 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

How the Trump campaign ripped off unwitting donors

“Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign reportedly issued a total of roughly $122 million in refunds to supporters in 2020,” in many cases because of deceptive fundraising tactics, The Hill reported on Saturday, April 3, 2021. The campaign’s tactics included setting up “recurring[...]

September 16th, 2020 - 3:25 pm § in Misc.

Don’t buy these used cars

Tropical Storm Sally made landfall on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, leaving lots of water in its wake, including this flooding in Pensacola, Florida (photo below). And flooding always brings a flood of waterlogged cars to the used-car market, where crooks clean them up and try to pass them off on u[...]

September 7th, 2020 - 2:31 pm § in Misc.

Fake reviews and a $125 genuine cheese grater

Amazon gets the most bad press for fake online reviews, but other companies are struggling with the problem, too. Back in 2017, a Forbes headline blared, “Amazon’s Fake Review Problem Is Now Worse Than Ever, Study Suggests” (read article here). On September 6, 2020, a CNBC headl[...]

February 27th, 2019 - 1:17 am § in Misc.

FRAUD: Truthfinders

About a year ago I needed to do a search on someone who I suspected had a criminal record. So I “googled” this person. good effn luck, instead of what I wanted Google routed me to a site called TRUTHFINDER.COM.   BEWARE! A year later, Paypal sent me a notice that i has  been billed al[...]

April 3rd, 2015 - 12:17 am § in Misc.

Seattle Times expose portrays Warren Buffett as a ruthless predatory lender

Most people think of Warren Buffett as an investor, but he’s an active businessman who buys entire companies and is often involved in running them. One such company is Clayton Homes, which Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate acquired in 2003. Clayton Homes is the 900-lb. gorilla o[...]

October 29th, 2014 - 6:23 pm § in Misc.

Online Dating Site Operator Nailed For Deceptive Business Practices

I don’t know what it is about business (the profits?) that attracts society’s worst people, but today we have another lurid example of a dishonest business operator ripping off his customers. CBS News reports the FTC fined an online dating site entrepreneur over $600,000 and forced him t[...]