Sham Contractors & Salesmen
How Honest are Garage Door Repairmen? Hidden Cameras Put Some to the Test

How Honest are Garage Door Repairmen? Hidden Cameras Put Some to the Test

Posted: December 7, 2014 at 11:33 am   /   Sham Contractors & Salesmen

How honest are garage door repairmen? The Rossen Reports team conducted a hidden-camera investigation at a suburban home in Cross River, New York. The home included a garage with a door in good operating condition, as verified by two independent, certified experts who inspected it from top to bottom: Andy Pomroy of Windsor Door Sales, […]

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fraud, fradulent borrowing

NYC Family Arrested for $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scam, While Collecting Food Stamps

Posted: November 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm   /   Business & Investment Fraud, Consumer News, Lending Fraud, Sham Contractors & Salesmen

The following article uncovers a 10 year long mortgage fraud scheme involving a prominent New York real estate developer and 13 family members. The family reported extensive wealth to banks and investors, securing more than $20 million in mortgage loans while claiming next-to-nothing income to the Federal Government, absorbing hundreds of thousand’s of dollars worth […]

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Frauds That Prey on the Vulnerable

Frauds That Prey on the Vulnerable

Posted: November 13, 2014 at 8:00 am   /   Personal Protection, Sham Contractors & Salesmen

Increasingly, criminals are targeting elderly citizens. This piece by Jennifer Conlin for the NY Times documents a few of the scams they use to defraud the vulnerable… Barely a week passes in this house without one of us picking up the phone to an automated call offering my parents a free medical alert system. Of […]

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Ebola Treatments / cures

Four Ebola-Related Consumer Scams to Avoid

Posted: October 23, 2014 at 10:57 am   /   Consumer News, Sham Contractors & Salesmen

Most people reacted with the appropriate degree of sympathy and fear when they heard that Thomas Eric Duncan – the first person diagnosed with and treated for Ebola on US soil – had died. But a small subset of individuals saw his death as a chance to take advantage of our collective panic over the […]

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Do Not Call Fraud Bill Advances in NJ

Posted: September 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm   /   Consumer News, Personal Protection, Sham Contractors & Salesmen

New Jersey is one step closer to eliminating illegal telemarketing practices… TRENTON – Joanne DiPisa’s telephone number is on the Do Not Call list, but she still gets unwanted marketing calls. When the Ocean County woman sees a number come up on her Caller ID as “unknown” or “unavailable,” she hangs up the phone. “I […]

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How to avoid car dealership scams

Negotiate Better!

Posted: April 7, 2014 at 9:07 am   /   Deceptive Advertising, Sham Contractors & Salesmen

Wow – $7,500 off!! Not exactly. There’s a phenomenon that those in the behavioral economics field call “anchoring” — and it’s something you should watch for. Bob Sullivan over at credit.com dives deeper: There’s a car dealer outside New York City who aggressively advertises $7,500 discounts for buyers who show up for a “sale.” The […]

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