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TCPA Connect - August 2015

New Bill Would Create Criminal Penalties for TCPA Violations - Could telemarketers be facing jail time for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? The answer might be "yes" if a bill introduced by Sen....more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #2

FDA Wants to Pour Some Sugar on the Nutrition Label - Adding to the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label—the first tweaks in 20 years—the Food and Drug Administration has suggested yet another: adding the...more

Do-It-Yourself Trademarks — Part II

In a recent blog post, we talked about how it is possible in the U.S. to file a trademark application on your own, and why it may not be such a good idea. Besides having a working knowledge of classes of goods and services,...more

ATM skimming crook sentenced

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, NJ has announced that Marius Ventila, a Romanian native, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and to pay $7.5 million in restitution for his part in a credit card skimming scam that used...more

Big sweepstakes scam artists don’t cry

According to the Edmonton Sun newspaper, Nigerian-born Richard Mmah Chukwu, a resident of Edmonton, was recently convicted of implementing a multi-million dollar sweepstakes scam. Chukwu was found guilty in the Canadian...more

1f You Can R3ad Th15 – Security and Scam Alert

You may think there is no value in chasing domain name squatters because customers find your website through search engines, but consider squatters as internal and external security risks. A constantly evolving threat, there...more

Regulators' Actions Against Charities that Swindled $187 Million from Donors Serve as Compliance Reminder

On May 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 58 agencies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia filed a complaint charging four cancer charities and the individuals controlling them with allegedly...more

CFPB alerts Google to student debt relief scammers

Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s outgoing Student Loan Ombudsman, has sent a letter to Google to alert the company that “student loan debt relief scammers may be targeting student loan borrowers through the company’s search...more

Internal Revenue Service Announces Creation Of A Criminal Investigative Team To Focus On Cyber Tax Fraud

A May 5, 2015 report detailed that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has created a new cybercrime investigation team. Based in Washington, D.C., and made up of about a dozen specially-trained agents, the unit will focus...more

Illinois Crackdown on Companies Targeting People Struggling to Repay Student Loans Continues

On May 4, Illinois AG Lisa Madigan’s office announced that it filed five lawsuits against companies that allegedly scammed borrowers into paying hundreds to thousands of dollars in upfront fees with the false hope that they...more

Pensions Ombudsman: law trumps regulatory guidance - Harrison v. Prudential Assurance Company Limited PO-3184 17 Apr 2015 (the...

"Classic" pensions liberation involves transferring pension savings from a legitimate pension scheme to a scheme which provides access to those savings in a manner that is not permitted under a legitimate pension scheme and...more

CFPB and Navajo Nation Partner in UDAAP Action Against Companies Involved in Alleged Tax Refund Scheme

On April 14, the CFPB along with the Navajo Nation jointly announced an enforcement action against two companies and their respective owners (Defendants) for running an alleged tax-refund scheme, marking the CFPB’s “first...more

Don’t Get Scammed by the “IRS”

Many people have either received, or know someone who has received, a phone call or an e-mail from someone claiming to be the “IRS” threatening the recipient with all kind of horrifying consequences if he or she doesn’t...more

Combating pension scams

For some time now, the issue of transfer requests and pension scams (often referred to as pension liberation) has been a difficult one for trustees of occupational pension schemes. On the one hand, members may have rights to...more

New CFPB lawsuit targets payment processors for debt collectors

A new CFPB enforcement action filed in federal district court in Atlanta and unsealed last week targeting an alleged debt collection scam names as defendants not only the debt collectors and their individual principals but...more

Patent Offices Issue Warnings Regarding Fraudulent Requests for Fees

Several patent offices, including the European Patent Office (EPO), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and Israel Patent Office (ILPO), have recently issued...more

FTC Settles with Texas-Based Mortgage Company Over Mortgage Relief Scams

On March 5, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas approved a settlement agreement between the FTC and a Texas-based mortgage relief company and its owners (Defendants) to resolve allegations that they...more

STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused

Followers of stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) issues have likely read over the last few years about Ohio National Life Assurance Corp. v. Davis and the favorable results the insurer obtained in its action against...more

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Issues Alert to Corporations and Non-Profit Entities Regarding Solicitations from Council for...

Numerous Maine corporations have received mailings recently from a business operating under the name Maine Council for Corporations, whose address is usually listed as 126 Western Ave., #338, Augusta, ME 04330-7252. Please be...more

Yet Another Tax Scam

CBS This Morning covered an important story about yet another tax scam. Under this scam, thieves posing as IRS agents call individuals and use scare tactics to frighten the victims into sending money. The threat is that if...more

11th Circuit Certifies Insurable Interest Questions in Pruco Cases to the Florida Supreme Court

On February 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit certified two important questions of Florida insurable interest law to the Florida Supreme Court. ...more

Scam Directed at Lawyers Is Expanding

A scam that has been commonly pulled on collection lawyers and other litigators is now being aimed at transactional lawyers. Be alert to it and know how to avoid becoming a victim....more

DBO Warns Victims Not To Be Victimized Twice

The DBO has become aware that past investors in Leland Energy are being solicited by a purported New York State-licensed attorney claiming to have been hired by the State of California to contact them regarding $6.5 million...more

Don't Be Fooled: There is No Obligation to File an Annual Minutes Requirement State

Many of our corporate clients have received a letter or email from Compliance Services, containing an Annual Minutes Requirement Statement. The letter or email requests that the Statement be completed and returned with a...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Avoiding Investment Scams

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently issued an Investor Alert (the “Alert”) to warn investors about the most prevalent types of investment fraud and provide guidance on how to avoid being defrauded....more

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