Land scam ringleader sentenced to 6 years: Plain Dealing
Telemarketers contacted owners of vacant land with assurances the land was worth more than they realized and a buyer was willing to pay top dollar. Victims were lured to pay up to $16,000 to help the nonexistent sale go through.
Free Android offer has a hidden catch: Plain Dealing
Fill out a survey and get a free Android tablet? It's not quite that simple. The BBB warns this mailed offer is used to lure consumers into sales presentations for travel clubs or travel vouchers -- and even then, some consumers say, they can't get the tablet.
Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear payday loan appeal
The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a payday lending case that caps interest rates on payday-style loans at 8 percent for lenders who aren't licensed under the state's Short Term Lending Act. In other words, all payday lenders.
Auto Marketing Systems' 'guaranteed' refund stalls: Plain Dealing
Auto Marketing Systems is, for lack of a better word, an ad sniper who hunts customers by monitoring online classifieds at better-known, higher-traffic websites nationwide. (Plain Dealer classifieds run online at cleveland.com.). Auto Marketing solicits car sellers to buy a pricey 90-day placement for online ads and soothes the sting of the cost with the offer of a "money back guarantee."
Stand up for consumers: Easy ways to tell Congress to confirm Cordray for CFPB
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - the federal agency's whose job is to protect consumers from financial fraud -- can't do its job without a director. And it can't get a director without your help. If you haven't weighed in, do. If you don't know how, Consumers Union created a template to help you get started.