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Account Takeover via Mobile Payments Now Drives Largest Fraud Losses

By Jeff Brown |

According to a new consumer fraud report, account takeover (ATO) now drives the largest fraud losses, whereby phishing remains a strong, vital part of the fraud. ATO occurs when a scammer impersonates a consumer in order to steal from their account. It is on the rise in large part due to various data breaches… Read More »

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Alarming Amount of Contaminated Food Found At Some Florida Food Establishments

By Jeff Brown |

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 50 million Americans get sick from food contamination and poisoning every year, of which thousands die. The most common incidents stem from bacteria such as Campylobacter, Clostridium, E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, and Shigella, and can result in flu symptoms, nausea, organ failure, vomiting,… Read More »

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Florida Students Found To Be At Risk of Lead Exposure

By Jeff Brown |

On June 5th, health experts warned that Florida’s children are likely being exposed to heightened levels of lead in their school drinking water on a regular basis. This exposure can lead to aggressive behavior and IQ loss, amongst other symptoms and illnesses. Tests were conducted in 16 cities in the state’s capital, all of… Read More »

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The Latest Consumer Fraud: Cell Phone Accounts

By Jeff Brown |

Cell phone account fraud is the latest consumer fraud privacy threat keeping consumers up at night. Criminals open up phone cell phone accounts, and use them to access others’ bank accounts, open new credit cards, or sell information for other criminals to use. In 2017 alone, the number of victims increased 63 percent from… Read More »

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Significant Consumer Fraud Equifax Breach Reportedly Goes Unaddressed

By Jeff Brown |

Even though the Equifax data breach and subsequent consumer fraud-related harm that occurred happened last year, new reporting reveals that the government still has not acted, and may now even be taking steps to reduce consumer rights’ to file consumer fraud complaints. Specifically, a new report reveals that the Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau has… Read More »

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Wells Fargo Now Facing $1 Billion in Civil Penalties over Consumer Fraud Issues

By Jeff Brown |

In what has emerged as one of the biggest consumer fraud issues of the last decade, federal regulators now want Wells Fargo & Co. to pay up to $1 billion in civil penalties in conjunction with the customer-account scandal that emerged in 2016—likely among the largest fines in financial services history. Last year, the… Read More »

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February 2018 Consumer Fraud Update

By Jeff Brown |

In the month of February, progress was made around the country in affording greater consumer protection to victims of consumer fraud. Below, we discuss some of these legal updates: Regardless Of Net Neutrality, Cable Companies Cannot Defraud Customers A February ruling by a New York Supreme Court judge could set the tone for consumer… Read More »

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Better Business Bureau Report Reveals Riskiest Consumer Fraud Scams of 2017

By Jeff Brown |

According to a new report from the Better Business Bureau, online purchase scams are now the riskiest form of consumer fraud out there, moving up from the fourth spot in 2016, to the first in 2017. While young people were the highest at risk as a group in general, money lost was highest for… Read More »

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Protecting Senior Citizens from Consumer Fraud

By Jeff Brown |

Unfortunately, when it comes to consumer fraud, Florida’s senior citizens are frequently the target. It is often assumed that our senior community has accumulated assets such as retirement accounts, a home, Social Security, savings, etc. In addition, many also assume that the elderly are also less able to keep track of their assets as… Read More »

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Incriminating Evidence Emerges In Deadly Florida Nursing Home Catastrophe

By Jeff Brown |

In September, we reported on the Hollywood Hills nursing home facility, where several residents were found dead after Florida’s massive hurricane disaster. That catastrophe left many concerned about negligence, where questions remained concerning why the air conditioning was not maintained at the facility, as well as why the residents were not moved to the… Read More »

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