CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2012 |
Of all the scam artists to set foot in Los Angeles, one of the most notorious was A. Victor Segno, who duped thousands of people around the world into sending him $1 a month to belong to his Segno Success Club. In return, he promised to send out brain waves twice a day to help members achieve success. Some ideas never die. In fact, a century after he carried out his scheme, the beguiling con man still can hook people. Stamp expert Ed Grabowski, a retired chemist from New Jersey, is proof.
October 1, 2012
The mysterious man at the center of a sprawling, multimillion-dollar fraud case against a Navy veterans charity has been identified as a Harvard Law School graduate who had been missing and wanted since the 1980s. At a Monday news conference in Cleveland, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott identified the real name of “Bobby Charles Thompson,” who ran the U.S. Navy Veterans Assn. and who went on the lam after the authorities opened an investigation into the charity in 2010. The man's real name, he said, is John Donald Cody, 65. Cody -- under his identity as Thompson -- has been in custody since April as authorities tried to figure out his true identity and as the case against him moved forward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2012 |
Antonia Becerra, an 81-year-old Glendale resident, was close to retiring after more than 40 years as a waitress at the landmark French restaurant Taix in Los Angeles, but that all changed this year after she fell victim to a lottery scam that wiped out her life savings. Scam artists even conned Becerra into selling her car for the promise of getting a $2 million prize and a new Mercedes Benz, police say. "I sold the car and I sent them the money - I am still waiting for the package," Becerra said.
September 23, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Online car sales - Two foreign nationals have pleaded guilty to running an Internet auto-sales scam that caused victims to lose more than $4 million. Corneliu Weikum, 38, a Romanian citizen who lives in Germany, and Yulia Mishina-Heffron, 24, of Russia, were accused of advertising cars for sale on popular websites such as Yahoo, EBay and AutoTrader, taking payment from victims and then never delivering the cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2012 |
Scam artists posing as students or stealing identities from other people illegally obtained more than $770,000 in financial aid and loans via California community colleges and online schools, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Seventeen people have been indicted since August in six cases that involve 15 California campuses, including Santa Barbara City College, Bakersfield College, Antelope Valley College and San Diego City College, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento.
September 16, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Work-at-home - The Federal Trade Commission is repaying $2.3 million to consumers who were defrauded in an Internet work-at-home scheme. A firm that marketed jobs with the “Google Money Tree” charged a shipping fee for training materials and then added unexpected monthly charges to consumers' credit cards, the FTC said. However, the company was not affiliated with Google Inc. and their work-at-home product did not provide a method for earning the income promised, the FTC alleged.
September 9, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Credit card interest - The Federal Trade Commission is sending refunds to more than 4,400 consumers who were defrauded by a telemarketing firm that promised to reduce their credit card interest rates in exchange for an upfront fee. The FTC sued Economic Relief Technologies and several related firms and individuals in 2010, accusing them of a massive telemarketing fraud....
August 26, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Online auction escrows - Winners of online auctions have been scammed by people who propose using an escrow service to handle sales from auction websites, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Perpetrators in this scheme assemble phony escrow sites that appear legitimate. The victims then send money to the escrow site, but the merchandise never arrives, according to the agency, which is a partnership of the FBI and National White Collar Crime Center.
August 19, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Immigration assistance -- U.S. immigration laws have been changed to allow certain young immigrants who entered the country as children to apply for permits to live and work in the United States. Such changes could provide an opportunity for scams that young immigrants should be careful to avoid, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said in a news release. To protect themselves, prospective program applicants should check out attorneys online at the State Bar of California website or by calling (800)
August 12, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Foreclosures: A Seal Beach man has agreed to pay a $5-million penalty to resolve allegations that he operated a fraud that targeted homeowners, renters and banks. Terrill Meisinger agreed to pay the money to resolve a lawsuit filed against him by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Federal attorneys had accused Meisinger of contacting people who were facing foreclosure and paying them small cash payments, typically $500 to $1,500, if they deeded their homes to him and moved out before banks completed foreclosure.