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2008-06-18 15:00:00

By Kathy Parker, Daily Times, Pryor, Okla. Jun. 18--Sandra Kilgore of Pryor knows a scam when she sees one. A letter arrived at her home from Global Financial along with a $4,000 check. The letter said the check was to pay taxes on $450,000 Kilgore and her husband had won in a sweepstakes held by Gables Construction of Atlanta, Ga. "I called the number and someone said call back when the check was deposited," Kilgore said. This is a scam to get your bank account number. The check is...

2006-08-17 16:23:13

By Jeanne King NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man claiming that actor John Travolta and Richard Branson, the chairman of Virgin Group, were investors in his film and electronics company, pleaded guilty on Thursday to scamming nearly $4 million from dozens of victims. In a plea deal, Alexis Quinlin admitted to one count of second-degree grand larceny in Manhattan Supreme Court and was told by the judge he faces up to seven and a half years in prison when he is sentenced on September 11....

2005-08-22 13:37:17

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - He went to prison for fraud and was ordered by the U.S. government to stop touting health products on infomercials, but Kevin Trudeau's book "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About" is a bestseller. Trudeau, who for years sold snoring remedies and memory enhancers through long-format commercials dressed up as talk shows, says he is a consumer advocate battling the "unholy alliance" of drug companies and government regulators. "It's...

2005-08-22 08:07:13

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - He went to prison for fraud and was ordered by the U.S. government to stop touting health products on infomercials, but Kevin Trudeau's book "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About" is a bestseller. Trudeau, who for years sold snoring remedies and memory enhancers through long-format commercials dressed up as talk shows, says he is a consumer advocate battling the "unholy alliance" of drug companies and government regulators. "It's...

2005-07-27 18:11:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scams involving Internet auctions, as well as identity theft, lotteries, prizes and sweepstakes, top the list of fraud complaints by older Americans, who lost $152 million to con artists last year, U.S. officials told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Internet-based scams are growing and now account for about 41 percent of fraud complaints the Federal Trade Commission receives from people over 50, Lois Greisman of the FTC's consumer protection division told the Senate...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'