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[10 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | 7,800 views]
HARP 2 launches, Better Business Bureau warns of scams

It seems whenever a new government program is launched with the goal of helping consumers, scammers show up and start working to rip off people who are looking for financial relief.
For awhile, we had to endure a bunch of Internet chatter from scam artists promising to tap into stimulus money from the government and offer “personal bailouts” to consumers (for a fee, of course). We’ve seen bogus credit counseling schemes, mortgage refinancing scams and, well, just a number of things floated out there people wanting to take consumers’ hard earned …

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[10 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 4,331 views]
Angel Food higher-ups indicted for fraud

Back in September, officials with Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton got word out to its members that a charity in which the organization had volunteered for years — Angel Food Ministries — had sent out word that the group was calling it quits.
First Arkansas News investigated the issue and learned very little. In essence,the organization posted a message on its Internet site blaming the bad economy for the decision to shut down the organization. If a 49-count federal indictment filed against Angel Food’s founders, their son and an employee …

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[16 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 3,538 views]
IRS email scam alive and well in 2011

It’s back and as obnoxious as ever — an email scam that dupes people into installing a virus in hopes of either avoiding trouble from the tax man or getting an email.
This isn’t a new scam, but it’s one that the IRS says is common this time of year. It’s been proven effective, too, and was the most common email scam two years ago. Why do people still fall for it even though it’s been around for awhile and people have been warned not to open attachments from unfamiliar people?
“No …