Imposters selling English course are shut down

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Many scammers are the same: they lie, harass, and threaten, all to trick people into paying them money. Recently, the FTC filed a lawsuit against several California-based companies and their owners, saying they used exactly these tactics in an imposter scam. Their operation is now shut down.

These companies used telemarketers in Peru who lied: claiming to be with the government, from a centro de ayuda (“help center”), from well-known companies like Walmart, or from radio stations. Their goal? To sell English-language learning products and tablet computers to Spanish-speakers in the United States. The FTC says people didn’t get the high-quality products they were promised, and those who refused to pay, tried to return products, or said no to an offer got threatening calls from people pretending to be lawyers or government officials, threatening them with arrest or lawsuits unless they paid.

To help you avoid scams like this one, here are a few tips:

  • Be skeptical about a “free” prize. If you have to pay, it’s not free.
  • Don’t give money to someone who tells you over the phone that you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay them. Scammers may pressure you with threats of arrest or lawsuits. Resist the pressure and hang up.
  • Wiring money is like paying with cash. It’s nearly impossible to trace it or get your money back. The same goes for prepaid cards. If anyone asks you to pay with a wire transfer or prepaid card, that’s a clear sign of a scam.
  • Talk to someone. Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. And stay up-to-date on the latest scams with free scam alerts: ftc.gov/scams.
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Facebook oil rig dating scammers, and widowed men and want you to send money, for their son or daughter in school and they can't get to them, iron they can't call you or send photo, because of security reasons. Beware!

i most of the time Xerxe5 tell them if it might be true to send me a letter in the mail 99% never did hmm 98% was done with even wanting to talk to me after i said send it in the mail 3-4-5 times lol anyways be well :)

The above scam happened to me about the oil and gas company out at sea Took me for a few dollars for sons boarding school little to find out son is on Romance Scam Alert and the man is using 2 2 separate profiles on Facebook so far this went on for almost 2 months. LEARNED TO BE MORE ON ABOARD & NOW KNOW WHAT TO BE LOOKING FOR And EXPENSIVE LESSON LEARNED

Recently received a cal of an individual who is definitely not a native English speaking person, who identified themselves by a very average American name and an ID number, claiming to be with the FBI. Apparently I owe a tax debt and if not paid today a warrant for my arrest will be issued. So absurd I couldn't help but laugh. But I am concerned about the elderly and uninformed person who gets taken in by this moral deviant?

I ALSO RECEIVED THE SAME CALL FROM AN 855#, I WAS AT WORK, AND ACCIDENTLY ANSWERED THE CALL, I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK, I HAD NO IDEA; AFTER WRITING ALL THE INFORMATION THEY ASKED TO WRITE, THEY WANTED ME TO MAKE PAYMENT, I ASKED THEM TO PROVIDE ME WITH MY DOB, THEY WOULDNT;, I CALLED MY DAUGHTER TO SHARE THE INFO..DAUGHTER SAID IT WAS NOT A LEGAL CALL, THANK GOD IT DID NOT GO ANY FURTHER, BUT IT WAS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE.

I'm glad you talked to your daughter! That's the best way to avoid a scam. Before you pay money to a stranger talk to someone.

We received a recorded deed notice to send $83.00 to First Documents, 160 W. Foothill Pkwy Suite 105-47, Corona, CA 92882. phone 1-888-550-9588 and they will send us Current Grant Deed & Property Assessment Profile on a RE Investment property we purchased in 2016. 93 S. Sable Blvd, G-21, Aurora CO. Why?? gut feeling its a SCAM? HELP.

This FTC article has information about scams related to timeshares and vacation plans.

You can check for complaints about a business with the state Attorney General and local consumer protection officials in the business' home state.

Thank you for alerting me to these matters.

Seniors need to listen to their adult children! They really do have our interests at heart and they KNOW things we don't know!

Yes we do. Especially if parents raised us correctly

I bought $2000 Apple I-Tune care and I gave over the phone and those idiot never answer my phone. Here are contact numbers which they use this numbers to call me and scam my hardworking money. 206 472 6040

I got scam believe me I got scammed and it have cause me pains and heart aches to think it would never happen me,but it did. So people out there I tell you this think not from the heart but use every means you can for you wouldn't fall into their trap -if you do it will cost you dearly.

Facebook oil rig dating scammers, and widowed men and want you to send money, for their son or daughter in school and they can't get to them, iron they can't call you or send photo, because of security reasons. Beware!

keep getting calls saying they are giving senior benefits

old lady April2,2017
I recently received an e-mail that look like it was from my bank, it look very official, it ask me since I have been into my bank and my code didn't work I needed to fill out the fallowing information, I mean it was getting personal...I didn't fill out or answer any question, but did call the bank, they said it was a scam, to send the e-mail to them, and trash the e-mail right away, which I did...so be careful folks there are all kinds of scams out there

Some is using my web site and won t let me in on at trust site

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