Posts Tagged ‘Consumer Fraud’

May 28th, 2023 - 12:42 am § in Donald Trump, Republicans

There’s a sucker born every minute

You can’t buy $10,000 for $99.99, but some Trump fans think so. “Trump Bucks” bills, coins, and checks are being sold by scammers as “memorabilia” and “commemorative” items, but some of their advertising (e.g., the video below) claims they can be used as cas[...]

March 13th, 2023 - 4:41 pm § in Business, Christianity, Politics, Republicans

Insurrection senator gave free pass to crooked insurance company

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who raised a clenched-fist salute in solidarity with violent rioters trying to overthrow the 2020 election (photo, left), ignored “a Christian-backed medical insurance company” that was stealing from his constituents when he was Missouri attorney general (read st[...]

January 20th, 2023 - 10:53 pm § in Business

Will USDA finally crack down on organic food fraud?

In November 2021, a New Yorker article described how a major grain trader got away with passing off non-organic corn and soybeans as “organic” for years, making millions in the process. (Read it here.) What’s striking about that story is how easy it was, how porous the certificatio[...]

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[...]