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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
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
Governor Scott orders flags flown at half-staff for Miami native Steven Sotloff

Governor Scott orders flags flown at half-staff for Miami native Steven Sotloff

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Sept 5, 2014 – Governor Rick Scott ordered all state and U.S. flags in Florida to be flown at half-staff in memory of murdered freelance journalist and Miami native Steven Sotloff, late Thursday. Taken directly from the governor’s statement: Steven Sotloff, a former University of Central Florida journalism student from Pinecrest, was brutally murdered by ISIS in a barbaric video displayed worldwide. Ann and I join all Floridians, and Americans, in grieving with the Sotloff family today. […]

DUI checkpoint Friday night in Oakland Park

DUI checkpoint Friday night in Oakland Park

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Aug 29, 2014 – The Broward Sheriff’s Office, along with partnering law enforcement agencies, will conduct a DUI enforcement with sobriety checkpoint operation from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 to 5 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at 1701 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, according to BSO public information officer Dani Moschella, late Thursday. The purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and apprehend intoxicated drivers who are an immediate threat to public safety and to make sure motorists have […]

by · August 29, 2014 · Broward County, Crime, Featured, News, Police
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
Retail card survey 2014: APRs get higher, rewards more complicated

Retail card survey 2014: APRs get higher, rewards more complicated

By Al Sunshine, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Aug 7, 2014 – The next time you say “Charge It” with a retail stores’ credit card, you may want to think again. A new study says their interest rates could be 8 Points higher than a regular Bank Card. Who’s the worst according to the study? Zales….Staples and Office Depot. What does it mean when it comes time to pay off the bills? Very Bad News for consumers. The study finds “If a consumer […]

by · August 7, 2014 · Consumer, Featured