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Jury took only 45 minutes to find Trudeau guilty

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Update to the Kevin Trudeau jail watch: In Jail TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau found guilty of contempt, ordered held – chicagotribune.com. On Tuesday, a federal jury wasn’t buying what Trudeau was selling. The panel of six men and six women deliberated just 45 minutes before finding the controversial author guilty of criminal contempt of court…

Credit card robocallers masquerading as ‘Teachers Phone’

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This is so smart and evil. There is a special circle of hell for robo-call telemarketers. A New Telemarketer Tactic: Impersonating Teachers | Credit.com Blog. Caller ID isn’t always what it appears, and increasingly, criminal telemarketers are taking advantage of that. Aggressive phone sales operators have pretended to be the IRS, and they’ve pretended to…

Can Kevin Trudeau talk his way out of jail? (UPDATE: Released from jail)

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Right where he belongs. Infomercial king Kevin Trudeau thrown in jail after lavish spending The 50-year-old convicted fraudster was jailed Wednesday by U.S. Judge Robert Gettleman, who finally lost patience with Trudeau’s repeated claims of poverty. “This is not an infomercial — you can’t talk your way out of this” Gettleman told Trudeau after the…

Chiropractors pitch you dubious “cure” for diabetes

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Be aware of such scams. Call 12: Promise of diabetes ‘cure’ has a catch. Diabetic Solutions MD promises it can help cure diabetes through a step-by-step process and nutritional supplements that could cost you thousands. Don’t be misled by the MD in the title. The doctors pitching the supplements are licensed chiropractors whose practices revolve…

N.Y. attorney general trying to trump Trump on his “university”

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Some people just aren’t great teachers. N.Y. attorney general suing Trump’s school for fraud – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs. New York’s attorney general accused Donald Trump in a lawsuit Saturday of defrauding students who studied at the billionaire mogul’s investment institute, though Trump’s representative said a large majority of the school’s alumni were…

UK government agencies ignored warnings of fake bomb detector

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The aftereffects of the fake bomb detector scandal continues. Governments promoted the use of the devices that caused deaths due to failing to detect bombs and people possibly imprisoned on false positives. UK government promoted fake bomb detectors | World news | The Guardian. Three British government departments and agencies promoted the international sale of…

Ghost tour business courting Massachusetts town

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Let’s just be straight about this… Officials hope ‘ghosts’ will bring tourists – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Daily Gazette. As part of their drive to increase tourism in Middleboro, selectmen may be looking to the supernatural to attract sightseers after learning that a ghost tour company is interested in coming to town. Town Manager…

A roll in the dough

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A classic case of if it sounds too good to be true…You’ve got to be kidding me. Mountain View: Arrests made in ‘roll around in cash’ online date robbery scheme – San Jose Mercury News. Police arrested three males as suspects in a “blind date” robbery scheme in which victims would be wooed by a…

Spirit Story Box app will tell you a story, alright

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There’s a sucker downloading every minute. Spirit Story Box Is The Latest iPhone App For ‘Ghosthunters’. Technology is often the enemy of superstition, but a new iPhone app aims to convince you otherwise. Spirit Story Box, a 99-cent iPhone app launched recently by Roger Pingelton and Jill Beitz, of Greenwood, Ind., claims to detect and…

Russian police bust psychic scammers

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The widespread psychic scam to remove “curses” is also working in Russia. Police take action to bust a group for fraud. Moscow Police Exorcise Psychic Group | Crime | RIA Novosti. Moscow police have once again entered the dark realms of the paranormal, busting a Russian “psychic” ring that has been lifting curses for money…