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FTC Shuts Down ‘Free Gift Card’ Text Spammers

Remember last years exciting “you won a free best buy gift card” text? If you didn’t receive it you’re actually lucky- the text was an international scam designed to steal your money and personal information. Last month the FTC filed a complaint against the scammers and named nine defendants in violation of the FTC Act [...]

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Beware of the abominable “debt buyer”

A new breed of debt collectors have emerged over the past few years that are way more scary than annoying. These are the “debt buyers,” companies who buy old debt for pennies that the original creditors have given up on trying to collect. Often time this leads to mistaken debtor identity and shameless, outrageous harassment, [...]

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Stop. Call. Confirm. (Complain.)

In the wake of an influx of telemarketing scams to people’s mobile phone, one Kansas City insurance agency has come up with a clever motto: Stop. Call. Confirm. “If you think something is fishy, stop the conversation, call our department, and confirm that the person on the phone is a registered Kansas insurance agent,” said [...]

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Infographic on Unwanted Calls & Texts

Unwanted calls & text messages have become a growing consumer problem ever since mobile phones have started taking over landlines as our primary form of communication. Harassing calls from telemarketers & debt collectors are up- way up- and complaints to the FTC double or triple year over year. What’s even more alarming is the kind [...]

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PrivacyStar helps FTC crack down on abusive debt collectors

Debt collectors continue to increase the frequency of their abusive calling practices. These include calling consumers multiple times per day, calling after being asked to stop, calling early in the morning or late at night, calling consumer’s workplaces and continuing to call after they were notified that the consumer’s no longer owed the debt. To [...]

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Posted in: Company News, Consumer Complaints, Personal Privacy

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PrivacyStar on Techlicious: 7 Ways Telemarketers Get Your Cell Phone Number

Techlicious writer Christina DesMarais just published this great post: 7 Ways Telemarketers Get Your Cell Phone Number; and prominently featured PrivacyStar and PrivacyStar’s CMO, Jonathan Sasse, throughout. It’s a great reminder of the dangers of putting too much information out on the web and elsewhere, especially if you want to keep some sense of privacy [...]

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Senior citizens targeted by “Life Alert” telemarketing scam

Senior citizens of Maine have been on high alert this past week as Attorney General Janet Mills issued a news release warning of a medical telemarketing scam happening across the state. The Bangor Daily News reportedly broke the story which was later confirmed by the AG’s office. The scenario was happening something like this: People posing as [...]

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PrivacyStar one of top contributors of FTC complaints

A few weeks ago the FTC released their Sentinel Annual Report for 2012, highlighting the number and types of complaints that have been filed by consumers down to the state level. Out of the 2 million + complaints filed, 52% were fraud complaints, 18% identity theft, and 30% against debt collectors, telemarketers, scammers and other general complaints. The report [...]

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