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Feds charge 42 South Floridians in identity theft fraud scam

Feds charge 42 South Floridians in identity theft fraud scam

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, April 10, 2015 – Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida announced Thursday the filing of federal charges against 42 defendants – in 25 separate cases – dealing with tens of thousands of stolen identities and millions of dollars stolen from victims and government agencies through fraudulent schemes.  Reaffirming a joint federal, state and local commitment in the prosecution of perpetrators who steal, sell and use personal identification information to […]

by · April 10, 2015 · Crime, Events, Featured, Government, News
Stop annoying telemarketing or debt collection calls

Stop annoying telemarketing or debt collection calls

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Mar. 31, 2015 – Are you receiving annoying or harassing phone calls from telemarketers or debt collectors? In these tough economic times, your telephone seems to ring more often. There are actions you can take to reduce the number of calls you receive. First, you must determine whether the caller is a telemarketer attempting to solicit a product or charity, or a debt collector attempting to collect a past due bill. To stop most telemarketers […]

by · April 1, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Government
Scam Alert: Beware of Fake Debt Collectors

Scam Alert: Beware of Fake Debt Collectors

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Mar 30, 2015 – With federal government oversight taking hold in the debt collection industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has again warned Americans not to let their guard down when it comes to telephone calls from supposed “debt collectors.” Keeping accurate records and documentation has become a challenge for some consumers as their financial obligations have increased in a recovering economy.  Opportunistic con-artists posing as “fake” debt collectors recognize this as an area of vulnerability and […]

by · March 30, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Government
Social Media: Life after death on the Internet

Social Media: Life after death on the Internet

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Sept 19, 2014 –  Facing the loss of a family member or friend is often devastating. Imagine the constant reminder of the dearly departed as they appear through social media on your Facebook Timeline or Google+ Circles, in your Twitter Feed or MySpace stream, or even at work on your LinkedIn profile. I was reminded recently in a private message that one of the highly respected politicians receiving birthday greetings from me on Facebook had died […]

by · September 20, 2014 · Consumer, Featured, Lifestyle, Technology
Doing Background checks in South Florida

Doing Background checks in South Florida

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Sept 18, 2014 – Utilizing public record databases to find criminal, civil, or traffic violations in South Florida has become easier with the release of a semi-comprehensive list of online resources, according to Rico Petrocelli on Thursday. Truly the Sunshine State, locating and identifying criminal history, civil litigation or traffic infraction history in Florida is but a click away.  Access to resources relating to inmates, those on probation, parole or community control, sex offenders or missing children, in addition […]

by · September 18, 2014 · Consumer, Employment, EXCLUSIVE, Featured, Government, Jobs
HUD program possible for borrowers with foreclosure or short sale

HUD program possible for borrowers with foreclosure or short sale

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Sept 17, 2014 – Mortgage borrowers may now qualify for an FHA mortgage under new guidelines established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to Eli Younes of Viking Realty Group in Pembroke Pines on Wednesday. As a result of the housing collapse, many homeowners experienced a serious reduction in income or lost their jobs due to the crumbling economy.   Some mortgage borrowers were forced to file bankruptcy or short sale their home to avoid […]

by · September 17, 2014 · Consumer, Employment, Events, EXCLUSIVE, Featured, Government, Jobs
IKEA issues worldwide recall of children’s swing

IKEA issues worldwide recall of children’s swing

By EyesOnNews.com, Sept 16, 2014 – You can read the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s information here: CPSC Swedish furniture giant Ikea has recalled children’s swings from stores around the world, asking customers to return the items as they pose ‘a risk of serious injury’. ‘The suspension fittings can break in use. A child can fall from the swing,’ the company said in a statement, recalling the GUNGGUNG indoor and outdoor swings, on sale worldwide since April 2014. Ikea urged customers to ‘immediately […]

by · September 16, 2014 · Consumer, Featured, News, Recall
Credit Repair Scams and Free Credit Reports

Credit Repair Scams and Free Credit Reports

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Sept 12, 2014 – While the economy has been showing signs of improvement, your good name and reputation within the community has never been more important.  Creditors have tightened their credit granting guidelines effectively barring millions of Americans from borrowing money. Mortgage lenders, auto finance companies, credit card issuers and banks have all raised the bar. Borrowers with low Fair Isaac (FICO) scores can expect to be denied credit or to pay significantly higher interest […]

by · September 12, 2014 · Consumer, Featured
Facebook: Social media giant blamed for high mobile data usage charges

Facebook: Social media giant blamed for high mobile data usage charges

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Sept 9, 2014 – Higher than normal mobile data usage wrecking havoc upon your budget?  Spending more time checking out the latest online frenzy in which millions of Facebook users have uploaded videos drenching themselves with a bucket of ice water to promote awareness of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disorder? Or do you have a bunch of small children at home who cannot distinguish the difference between “mobile data usage” and “Wi-Fi?” New research has found that the […]

by · September 9, 2014 · Consumer, Featured, News, Technology
Scam alert: Feds seek to shut down phony credit repair and debt relief scheme

Scam alert: Feds seek to shut down phony credit repair and debt relief scheme

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Aug 27, 2014 – Continuing its mission to protect American consumers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed suit against unnamed defendants operating as American Bill Pay Organization and American Benefits Foundation in an effort to halt allegedly fraudulent and deceptive debt relief and credit repair practices targeted at financially distressed individuals. In requesting immediate injunctive relief, the FTC’s complaint targets the operators of two websites that were allegedly full of misrepresentations about the fake program. Falsely […]

by · August 27, 2014 · Consumer, Crime, Featured, Government
Hewlett-Packard recalls almost 6 million power cords

Hewlett-Packard recalls almost 6 million power cords

By EyesOnNews.com, Aug 26, 2014 – If you or anyone you know, owns an HP or Compaq laptop, then this recall alert is for you.  HP are recalling almost 6 million power cords.  According to HP, the cords can overheat, posing a threat of fire or burns to the user.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following recall information: Hewlett-Packard has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burn […]