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Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: FBI Issues Public Service Announcement About Recent E-Mail Scam Targeting Businesses (6/16)

On June 14, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a public service announcement relating to a recent surge in ‘business e-mail compromise’ (BEC) scams, which are sophisticated scams that target businesses...more

Advertising Law - June 2016

First Circuit Affirms Ruling Against Jerk.com - In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Commission ruling that website Jerk.com, a self-described reputation management...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

Reports of Scam Letters Being Sent to L-1A Executives

Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have reported that suspicious letters are being sent to L-1A executives. The scam letters claim to be from USCIS and signed by Lori Scialabba, Deputy Director of...more

CFPB Gives Debt Relief Company Targeting Students a Failing Grade

Continuing its focus on the student loan industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a debt relief company to shut down operations and pay a penalty for allegedly scamming borrowers and misrepresenting...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Student Debt Relief Company

On March 15, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it requested a federal court to enter a final order shutting down student debt relief company Student Loan Processing.US. In December...more

IRS Warns of “Surge” in Tax Season Phishing Scams

Tax season ‘tis the season to be phishing, according to the IRS. The IRS has issued a warning to payroll and human resources professionals about a “surge” in phishing emails seen this year. One of the preferred tactics of...more

Advertising Law - March 2016

Tech Company Settles With FTC Over Installation of Apps Without Permission - A technology company that allegedly replaced a Web browser game with a program that installed apps on mobile devices without permission has...more

Alert: Beware of Predatory Student Debt Relief Advertisements that Target Your School

In a recent trend, student debt relief scammers are engaging in aggressive marketing tactics by placing advertisements that target student loan borrowers from a specific institution of higher education. These advertisements...more

Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

A sophisticated (and effective) wire-fraud scam targeting real estate (and other) transactions is on the rise, and mostly occurring in the United States....more

Privacy Tip #19 – Protecting seniors from scams

A surprising number of seniors are embracing digital technology, including computers, tablets and smartphones. Many use social media and email to stay in touch with friends, children and grandchildren. All of which is good....more

Social Engineering Losses—Embarrassing Scam or Insured Loss?

The term Social Engineering keeps cropping up recently in the new world of cybersecurity—to what does this term refer? To a scam as old as the hills. You know the con: an innocuous person asks you to accept a cashier’s...more

"Phantom" Debt Collectors Actually Sued by FTC, Banned From Business

Why it matters - The operators of a scam that processed more than $5.2 million in payments from consumers for payday loans that were not owed to the operators are now banned from the debt collection business, the...more

Business Litigation Alert - "Fraud Alert: Even Lawyers Get Scammed"

Law Firms Lose Millions in Wire Transfer Scheme - Unfortunately, it has become all too easy for companies and individuals to become the victims of fraud, and law firms are not immune from this risk. ...more

Southern District of Ohio: No Coverage Equals No Bad Faith

Schmidt v. The Travelers Indem. Co. of Am., No. 1:13-CV-932, 2015 WL 4538118 (S.D. Ohio July 27, 2015). A law firm that lost more than $141,000 in an online scam lost its coverage dispute with its insurer but still tried...more

Avoiding Immigration Scams

It’s a sad fact, but immigration scams are all too common. People and businesses try to prey on individuals seeking to come to the United States on immigrant or non-immigrant visas, as well as those within the United States...more

Hackers Continue to Perpetrate Wire Transfer Fraud Scams on a Global Scale

An increasing number of businesses continue to be targeted by very sophisticated email scams designed to convince company employees responsible for executing financial transactions to wire funds to overseas accounts...more

Business E-mail Compromise Scam v2.0

In March, we reported on the Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) scam where criminals target employees responsible for wiring company money, and trick them into wiring money under false pretenses to fraudulent accounts...more

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

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