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Scams and Frauds
Here are some of the latest Scams, Frauds, and Consumer Abuse items in the news.

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Cars

A Cautionary Tale - Staged Auto Accident Fraud - Don't Let it Happen to You - February 2005

Oh No! Is That Rust? - January 2005

Inspecting A Used Car - March 2004

Automotive Sales Industry - August 2003

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Tsunami Disaster Relief Fraud Alert - January 2005

Group Warns Consumers Not to Take the Bait in Phishing Scams - August 2004

FTC Issues Alert about Identity Theft Scam -- Spammers Pose as Federal Government Operation - March 2004

Sham Site Is a Scam: There Is No "National Do Not E-mail Registry" - February 2004

Who's Spamming Who? Could it be You? - January 2004

FTC Obtains Order Barring Pop-up Spam Scam, Urges Consumers to Take Steps to Protect Themselves - November 2003

FBI Warns of E-mail Scam - September 2003

Best Buy Alerts Consumers of Fraudulent Spam E-mail - June 2003

Online Fraud on the Rise - June 2003

Online Auctions Dominant Consumer Fraud - April 2003

CDIC Warns of Internet Investment Scam - August 2002

Scam Artists Use Do Not Call Registry to Commit Fraud - June 2002

Internet Fraud Lurks in Your Inbox - May 2002

International Netforce Launches Law Enforcement Effort - April 2002

Top 10 Dot Cons - March 2001

Consumers Pay Big for Dangerous Downloads - May 2000

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Diploma Mills: Degrees of Deception - February 2005

Scholarship Scams - March 2001

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Postal Inspection Service Says Work at Home Schemes Don't Pay - March 2005

Take This Scheme and Stuff It: Avoiding Envelope-Stuffing Rip-Offs - December 2003

FTC Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign To Protect Consumers from Job Scams - October 2003

Consumer Alert - Federal Job Fraud - October 2003

State, Federal Law Enforcers Launch Sting on Business Opportunity, Work-at-Home Scams - June 2002

Fraudulent Bonus Checks For Non-Existent Jobs - March 2002

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Family

'You've Just Won a Playstation 2!' - or Maybe Not, Says FTC in Complaint Filed Against Internet Spammers - April 2002

Electronic Games Sales Scam - December 2000

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Federal Programs

Diversity Visa Lottery: Read the Rules, Avoid the Rip-Offs - July 2004

'Free Grants': Don't Take Them For Grant-ed - March 2004

Fraudulent FBI E-Mails - July 2001

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Food

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Health

FTC: Consumers Do Not Need to Pay for Information on Free Drugs - November 2004

FTC Alleges That Marketers of CortiSlim and CortiStress Made False or Unsubstantiated Claims - October 2004

FDA and Johnson and Johnson Warn Public About Counterfeit Contraceiptive Patches Sold Through Foreign Internet Site - February 2004

FDA Investigating Reports of Unlicensed Influenza Vaccine - December 2003

Rumors About Recalled Lot of Influenza Vaccine - October 2003

Serono Issues Notification of Counterfeit Serostim® - May 2002

FTC Charges Three Top-selling Electronic Abdominal Exercise Belts with Making False Claims - May 2002

Offers to Treat Biological Threats: What You Need to Know - October 2001

False E-mail Report: Hantavirus Spread by Contact With Soda Cans or Grocery Packages - May 2001

Fraudulent Health Claims: Don't Be Fooled - March 2001

Virtual "Treatments" Can Be Real-World Deceptions - March 2001

False E- mail Report About "Klingerman Virus" - February 2001

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Housing

FTC Offers Home Repair Advice to Victims of Recent Flooding - April 2005

Better Business Bureau Uncovers National Mortgage Elimination Scheme - January 2005

A Steal on Repairs - October 2004

FTC Offers Home Repair Advice to Hurricane Charley Victims - August 2004

Subprime Loan Victims to Receive Additional Redress - February 2004

Nearly 28,000 First Alliance Borrowers Will Share an Initial Redress Pool of Almost $45 Million - December 2002

Don't Get "Locked Out" of Your Home By a Bankruptcy Scam Operator - June 2001

Avoiding Home Equity Scams - March 2001

Thinking About a Home Improvement? Don't Get Nailed - March 2001

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Money

SEC Sues Telemarketers for Fraudulent 'Wrong Number' Stock Tips - May 2005

Credit Card Sinkhole - April 2005

Dialing for Dollars - March 2005

Stamp Out Identity Theft - February 2005

A Cautionary Tale - Staged Auto Accident Fraud - Don't Let it Happen to You - February 2005

New Iraq-Related Internet Scams Preying on Relatives of Slain U.S. Soldiers and Other Americans - February 2005

2004 Fraud Trends: Consumers Being Hounded by Phishing Scams - February 2005

FTC Releases Top 10 Consumer Complaint Categories for 2004 - February 2005

Scam Alert: Stamp Out Identity Theft - February 2005

Tsunami Disaster Relief Fraud Alert - February 2005

Better Business Bureau Uncovers National Mortgage Elimination Scheme - January 2005

Tsunami Disaster Relief Fraud Alert - January 2005

Scam Alert - Canít Win for Losing - December 2004

BBB Cautions Donors on Tsunami Relief Appeals - December 2004

FTC Warns Consumers About 'Check Overpayment' Scams - December 2004

The Holidays Are Here Again: FTC Offers Tips to Help Consumers Shop Safely Online - November 2004

FTC Survey Shows Advance-Fee Scams Top the List of Consumer Frauds - November 2004

Deceptive Magazine Sales - September 2004

FDIC Warns About Fraudulent Request for Information - September 2004

Federal Bank, Thrift and Credit Union Regulatory Agencies Provide Brochure with Information on Internet "Phishing" - September 2004

Con Artists Using 'Wrong Number' Answering Machine Messages to Snare Victims in New Scam Sweeping Nation - August 2004

FTC Warns Consumers about Potential Charity Scams - August 2004

Advocacy Group Warns that More and More Consumers Falling for Fake Check Scams - August 2004

IRS Reissues Consumer Warning on Identity Theft Scheme; Scheme Now Targeting Caribbean - August 2004

BBB Warns that Imposters are Targeting Consumers and Businesses - August 2004

IRS Warns of Scheme to Steal Identity and Financial Data - June 2004

Treasury, IRS Warn of Identity Theft Scheme Involving Bogus E-mail, Web site - April 2004

Online Auction Fraud Complaints Still Rising - March 2004

NASD Investor Alerts - March 2004

IRS Updates the ĎDirty Dození for 2004: Agency Warns of New Scams - March 2004

Get Rich Quik? Don't Count on It! - February 2004

FDIC And FBI Investigating Fraudulent Emails - January 2004

SIPC Issues Warning About Web-Based "Brokerage Identity Theft" Scams Targeting Investors - December 2003

FBI Warns beware of Scams/Schemes/Frauds - December 2003

FTC Urges Consumers to Be Wary of "El Gordo" Spanish Lottery Scam - December 2003

FTC Experts Urge Consumers to Take Caution This Holiday Season - November 2003

FTC Warns Consumers About Potential Charity Scams - October 2003

FTC, IRS, and State Regulators Urge Care When Seeking Help from Credit Counseling Organizations - October 2003

Beware of Land Sale Scheme - August 2003

FTC Warns Consumers of Scammers Charging for Do Not Call Registration - August 2003

Fraudulent Ads Using Official Financial Institution Logos - July 2003

FBI Says Web "Spoofing" Scams are a Growing Problem - July 2003

CFTC Finds That Florida Residents Fraudulently Marketed A Commodity Futures Trading Method On E-Bay - July 2003

CFTC Charges California Boiler Room, British Capital Group and Its President, With Defrauding Customers in Foreign Currency (Forex) Scam - June 2003

Best Buy Alerts Consumers of Fraudulent Spam E-mail - June 2003

New Tax Scam Targets Potential Recipients of Advance Child Tax Credit - June 2003

Online Fraud on the Rise - June 2003

CDIC Warns of Internet Investment Scam - August 2002

Scam Artists Use Do Not Call Registry to Commit Fraud - June 2002

Colorado Attorney General Warns Colorado Consumers to be Wary of Scams Related to No-Call List - June 2002

ID Theft Affidavit - May 2002

IRS Warns of Scheme to Steal Identity and Financial Data - May 2002

Abusive Tax Shelters - April 2002

Tax Fraud Alerts - April 2002

Tax Scams / Consumer Alerts - April 2002

How to Report a Tax Scam - March 2002

Fraudulent Telemarketers Snatching Bank Account Numbers, National Fraud Information Center Stats Show - February 2002

Beware the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams - January 2002

Public Awareness Advisory Regarding "4-1-9" or "Advance Fee Fraud" Schemes - January 2002

Theft of TriWest Records - December 2001

Detecting Counterfeit Money - December 2001

'Tis the Season: Donating to Charities - December 2001

Helping Victims of the Terrorist Attacks: Your Guide to Giving Wisely - September 2001

BBB Cautions Donors on Appeals for Victims of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks - September 2001

Broken Promises: Promissory Note Fraud - August 2001

Tax Fraud Alerts - July 2001

Canadian Lottery Telemarketing Fraud - July 2001

Credit Card Loss Protection Offers: They're the Real Steal - March 2001

Examples of Known Phony Securities - March 2001

Scams Involving the Renting or Leasing of Treasury Securities - March 2001

Canadian Telemarketing Scam - 'British Premium Savings Bond' Scheme Targeted Seniors - December 2000

Beware of Unexpected Charges for Buyers Clubs - - July 2000

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Small Business

Skybiz Victims to Collect Court-Ordered Restitution - April 2004

FTC Creates a Consumer Hotline to Assist Victims of Alleged Epixtar Web Cramming Scam - January 2004

Take This Scheme and Stuff It: Avoiding Envelope-Stuffing Rip-Offs - December 2003

Franchise and Business Opportunities - March 2001

Fraudulent Yellow Pages Invoices - March 2001

'Net Based Business Opportunities Are Some Flop-portunities? - March 2001

Work-at-Home Schemes - March 2001

Work-at-Home Schemes Top Fraud - January 2000

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Travel

DOT Cautions Consumers on Super Bowl Air Travel Ticket Scams - January 2005

FTC Settles with Marketers of Bogus International Driverís Licenses - August 2003

Avoid a School Break Bust - March 2001

Telemarketing Travel Fraud - March 2001

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FTC Cautions Consumers about Voter Registration Scams - October 2004

FTC Releases Top 10 Consumer Complaint Categories in 2003 - January 2004

FBI Warns of E-mail Scam - September 2003

Online Auctions Dominant Consumer Fraud - April 2003

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