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SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Bring Action Against Promoter of Bitcoin Store, Inc.

by Perkins Coie on

On June 30, 2017, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney brought parallel civil and criminal fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, the owner of an unregistered broker-dealer entity named InCrowd Equity Inc., and two corporate entities...more

Immigration Scams are on the Rise

With immigration scams on the rise, Chicago Tribune reporter Nereoda Moreno delves into the decades of scams that ride on immigrant’s fears, often cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and result in permanent...more

IRS Warns Consumers Of New Phone Scam Just As Private Collectors Get To Work

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this year we wrote that the Internal Revenue Service is moving forward with its controversial “Private Debt Collection” program amid a sharp uptick in instances of fraud by scammers posing as legitimate IRS debt...more

CFPB Examines Complaints Filed By Older Consumers

by Goodwin on

On May 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its Monthly Complaint Report, this month complaints by consumer aged 62 and older. The CFPB drew its analysis of more than 103,100 complaints from its...more

Privacy Tip #92 – Finally, HHS is Removing SSNs From Medicare Cards

For those of you who know me, you know that I have been very frustrated with the federal and state governments for continuing to use Social Security numbers for eligibility, enrollment and participating in Medicare and...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 26th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending May 26, 2017 is below. A short, but significant update this week. Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced to Stop Online Booking Scams [OTA]. In an effort to curb...more

USA Scam Warning

by Dentons on

Various services may contact you offering to “protect” or “register” your trademark for a fee ranging from $400-$2,000. These companies give the impression of being related to a governmental trademark organization and imply...more

Scam Targets Defendants In Class-Action Cases

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We’ve discussed before how phishing scams target employers. A new scam focuses on defendants who have settled class-action claims. The scammers send wire transfer instructions that appear to come from reputable class-action...more

Privacy Tip #89 - 10 Tips to Help Protect Your Senior Loved Ones’ Privacy

It is hard enough for middle agers like me to stay up on all the ways our personal information can be collected, accessed, used, disclosed, sold or stolen. It is even harder for our loved ones who are older, but not...more

USPTO To Hold Roundtable on Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations

The USPTO has announced that on July 26, 2017, the Trademark Organization and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee plan to hold a roundtable discussion on fraudulent trademark solicitations. Fraudulent trademark...more

Advisors Advantage - May 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Relationships. That is what it's about. The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It's about connecting with other plan providers and more...more

Watch your website over your photos

by Ary Rosenbaum on

This is a heads up for retirement plan providers and it has nothing to do with retirement plans....more

Privacy Tip #85 – OIG Warns Consumers of Phone Call Scams by OIG Imposters

Phone call scams are on the rise. In addition to scam artists posing as employees of utility companies (see Privacy Tip #84), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued a warning to consumers about a phone scam...more

Privacy Tip #84 – Utility Company Imposters Scaring and Scamming Vulnerable Consumers

A new but old scam is on the rise and is reportedly hitting droves of unwary and vulnerable consumers. This new but old scam has increased now that tax season is over, and W2 scams are difficult to succeed this time of year....more

Pensions Round-Up - March 2017 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of DLA Piper’s monthly newsletter – Pensions Round-Up – in which we provide an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #2

Business Supply Scam Operators Banned From Telemarketing - The Federal Trade Commission banned the operators of an office supply business from telemarketing pursuant to a settlement deal in Texas federal court. In...more

Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Invention Patenting and Promotion Company for Unfair and Deceptive Trade...

There are many businesses focused on helping inventors develop and monetize their ideas. There are companies that, for instance, help people seek patents on their inventions, license their inventions, turn their ideas into...more

IRS Warns Schools of Dangerous Email Scam

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the IRS warned schools, universities, government entities and tax exempt organizations of a dangerous email scam currently circulating nationwide and targeting employers. According to the IRS, the scammer...more

Trademark Owners Beware of Chinese Domain Name Marketing Ploy

by Jaburg Wilk on

Some e-mail marketing ploys are pretty clever and some spam or phishing attempts brilliantly disguised as valid e-mail. While there are many great reasons to register your trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark...more

Business Listing Scams

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

You should be aware, and make your employees aware, of a new fraud that is hitting businesses, big and small, all over the country. It is commonly referred to as a Business Listing Scam....more

Avoiding trademark and domain name scams

by Dentons on

As a brand owner, you understand the importance and value of your proprietary brands, whether they be words, logos, tag lines, unique packaging or distinctive uses of colour. You may have also taken steps to apply for Federal...more

OIG Warns Public: Do Not Fall for “OIG Hotline” Scammers

by Reed Smith on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is warning the public that scammers are spoofing the OIG’s hotline telephone number to obtain personal information from individuals that then can be used to steal money from the...more

Trademark Scammers Abound

There are still a number of entities out there trying to trick trademark owners into spending money to list their marks in various on line and print directories by sending official looking invoices and other paperwork. In...more

FTC Identifies Top Categories of Consumer Complaints for 2016

by Reed Smith on

On Friday, March 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its annual summary of consumer complaints—a compendium of complaints lodged over the course of 2016. These complaints are collected through the Consumer...more

Privacy Tip #76 – Stay on Top of the Most Recent Scams and Subscribe to FTC’s Scam Alerts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that March 5-11 is National Consumer Protection Week. The FTC will announce different programs and events throughout the week that are designed to educate consumers on...more

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