Tag Archive for fraud

Beware of scams regarding the victims of flight MH17

This excellent consumer warnings website out of Australia warns of fraudulent activity online surrounding information on the MH17 tragedy – dubious ads, malware and fake charities. Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy. Scammers have set up false Facebook profiles for Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy…

Discovery Channel: Jumped the shark long ago, now just despicable (Update: More despicableness)

Once again, Discovery Channel shows they are not science-based and will even pull unethical stunts to get ratings. Epic. Fail. We posted the link in the leftovers of 16-July to the story in Canada’s National Post about a video that purportedly showed a bull shark spotted in Lake Ontario. The best answer at the time…

Psychic burned through client’s cash

“Where’s the rest of my money?” “Oh, I had to burn it to remove the curse. It’s all good now!” A lawsuit alleges a psychic preyed on a vulnerable person. Not news, but let’s share. Psychic Claims She Burned the Money. A spiritual guide defrauded a grieving Florida woman of nearly $10,000 and told her…

Alt med practitioner faces 16 months in jail. Yells, “Conspiracy!”

It’s a funny thing that people who think they have the special cure really have no authorization to treat at all. And, when they get caught skirting the law and making questionable claims, they yell “conspiracy”. Fake doctor receives 20-month sentence. Kathleen Helms was once considered by her patients to be on the forefront of alternative…

Chupacabra is an electronic pickpocketer!

Did you know that chupacabra means “goat sucker”? This is the original monstrous chupacabra – the vampire monster who supposedly attacked livestock in Puerto Rico. This is the modern, more domestic chupacabra now labeled as such if it is any unknown, typically hairless animal. This is an actual “chupacabra” bird, more commonly known as a…

FTC Settlement against Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing’s deceptive practices

Another pyramid scheme that targeted immigrant communities is exposed. FTC Settlement Bans Pyramid Scheme Operators From Multi-Level Marketing. In January 2013, the FTC and the states charged the Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) defendants with deceiving consumers by claiming they would earn significant income through selling various products and services if they signed up as FHTM…

Fake Holocaust memoir comes back to bite the author

Parents taken by Nazis, she sets out to find them at age 6, is adopted by wolves, wait a minute…. NONFICTION? She’s not Jewish either. I often wonder why people just don’t write novels and not worry about getting caught later down the line. Author of fake Holocaust memoir ordered to return $22.5m to publisher.…

Oma and Pa have a magic tree

People gave money to a woman who promised them a miracle fix for their desperate life problems. You can guess how this all turned out. Badly. ‘Shaman’ took £1million from cancer victims to hang from ‘magic tree’ in Amazon – Telegraph. A bogus faith healer conned at least £1 million from victims who were convinced…

Psychic black ‘Marks’ appear again

I’m fascinated by the fact that every other case about psychic crimes include someone with the last name “Marks”. Psychic charged with taking Starkville senior’s life savings. Willie Mae Allen who suffers from arthritis turned to a psychic reader for help, but the psychic reader is accused of helping herself to Allen’s life savings, WLBT…

Will the public get 10 years safely isolated from Trudeau? YES! (Updated)

Updated 17-Mar-2014 Perpetually prosecuted pitchman Trudeau was sentenced on Monday. They asked for ten years and they got it. Kevin Trudeau: Prosecutors ask 10 years in prison – chicagotribune.com. Federal prosecutors want jailed TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for repeatedly defying court orders to pay a whopping $37…

Rose Marks gets 10 years for fraud

Alleged “psychic” Marks was found guilty of all counts of fraud last year. She has now been sentenced to jail time. Psychic fraud: Rose Marks sentenced to 10 years – Sun Sentinel. Convicted psychic swindler Rose Marks was sentenced to just over 10 years in federal prison Monday for defrauding clients of her family’s fortune-telling…

Trust me, I’m a superhero. But I need money.

This article is a raving mess. I can hardly follow it. But apparently you can make people believe you have superpowers. Or something… Chinese fraudster fakes superhuman powers to rob victims – Telegraph. A Chinese con-woman created a “superhuman” alter ego and claimed she possessed powers of invisibility in order to dupe her victims out…

Congregation gets some resolution to Ponzi scheme fraud

In an update to this story, Bible marketing: Ponzi scheme took many investors, some members of the church have settled their suit. I-TEAM: Settlements for some in Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. He came into church with promises of riches for Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. Ephren Taylor, a self-described financial guru, left with nearly a million…

Do Mormon teachings constitute fraud? Head of church in U.K. summoned.

Well, isn’t this interesting… Head of Mormon church Thomas Monson summoned by British magistrate’s court over Adam and Eve teaching – Telegraph. A British magistrate has issued an extraordinary summons to the worldwide leader of the Mormon church alleging that its teachings about mankind amount to fraud. Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of…