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Take a line-by-line look at your cellphone bill — all dozen or so pages. See a $9.99 charge for horoscopes, flirting tips or some such thing that you didn't request? If so, you've been crammed. Once only a big problem with landline telephones,...
The first caller told Norman Breidenbaugh he had won $2.5 million in a foreign sweepstakes, but there was a catch: Breidenbaugh needed to send $2,000 in fees before collecting his earnings. Other calls followed, promising Breidenbaugh millions more...
One good thing about being the victim of a widespread scam estimated to cost American consumers $2 billion a year: You don't feel like the only fool in the country. And in the matter of "cramming" — when shady text-message companies bill cell phone...
Immigrant advocates are warning people who plan to apply for a work permit under a new federal immigration policy to beware of scammers and hold off on taking any formal action until more details emerge about how the program will work. The policy shift,...
Marquis Jones doesn't believe she owes money on a credit-card account that a debt-buying company sued to collect from her. More importantly, though, the firm never proved she did. But because the Severn woman wasn't given notice of the lawsuit —...
It turns out wearing sneakers - without exercising - won't get you in shape. Skechers USA has agreed to a $40 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for making that claim. The shoe company had claimed its Shape-ups sneakers would help...
To: Richard Cordray, Director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dear Mr. Cordray: First, congratulations on your appointment to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Unless the banking interests have their way, your appointment is expected...
Yo-yo financing is what happens when you drive off the lot with your newly purchased car, only to be reeled back in days or weeks later by the dealer because the financing didn't go through. Your choice: Return the car or keep it and accept less-...
Joyce Brown of Brooklyn Park receives lots of blatantly bogus letters claiming she won millions or billions of dollars in a lottery, but the one that arrived about a week ago was different. The letter contained a check so real-looking, the 78-year-old...
Tags: Fraud, Corporate Crime, Brooklyn Park, Consumers, Lotteries
An Elkridge man was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 11 and charged with theft, identity theft and conspiracy to commit theft, stemming from a credit card scam he allegedly ran while working as a waiter at T.G.I. Friday's on Route 1 inLaurel. According to...
That unfamiliar incoming call to your cellphone soon might be from a debt collector. Cellphones are largely off-limits to collection agencies, but proposals by the White House and Congress could change that. Supporters say regulations have not kept up...
Reebok spokesman Dan Sarro responded to the FTC settlement: "We stand behind our EasyTone technology – the first shoe in the toning category that was inspired by balance-ball training. Settling does not mean we agree with the FTC’s...
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