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Albany Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Conspiracy in Connection with Romance Scams

It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track to the growing body of cases involving Internet-based “romance fraud.” Sadly, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports that “romance fraud is the seventh-most reported scam” (IC3 Public Service Announcement, 8/15/2019). While your chances of being targeted are statistically remote, it is clear that  scammers are …

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Avoid Becoming A Victim To Romance Scams

This recent FBI Valentine’s Day Bulletin about Romance Fraud is yet another reminder of the perils of online dating. It provides useful guidelines and common sense precautions to help avoid an increasingly sophisticated criminal element that grows in complexity and resourcefulness. Clearly, most of the online opportunities for social interaction are legitimate, and will therefore withstand scrutiny by their users. …

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Founder of Mantria Corp. Sentenced to 22 Years For Operating $54 Million Ponzi Scheme

In this August 22 press release, the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia describes how unscrupulous businessmen defrauded trusting investors by promising unrealistic returns on their investment. In fact, one was so brazen that he created a second fraudulent investment while on bail from the original fraud. No matter where you live, or what the nature of the investment …

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Former South Carolina Resident Sentenced to Federal Prison for Charity Fraud Scheme Targeting Marine Corps Families

Columbia, South Carolina—- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that John  Shannon  Simpson, age 44, of Lee County, Florida, was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to Wire Fraud.  United States District Judge David C. Norton of Charleston sentenced Simpson to four years in federal prison and three years of supervised release …

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Workplace violence more common than many think, expert say.

“….. preventing violence at work starts before someone is hired.” “Every single employee must be vetted as much as we would vet a babysitter who’s coming into our home to watch our children……” Richard Brandon, WMC Action News 5, Memphis, TN,   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The deadly shooting at a Southaven, MS Walmart on …

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FBI warns on dating, romance Internet scams. Dating and romance fraud is more rampant than ever.

This warning by the FBI is a constant reminder about the predators exploiting people looking for legitimate relationships through the use of social media. In many cases, a discreet background check by a reputable, licensed private investigation firm like Private Investigation Services Group in the South Carolina Low Country will help identify fraudsters. The dating …

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Nearly 800 accuse Boy Scouts of failing to protect them from sex abuse as new lawsuit is filed

Another example of our children being placed in seemingly respected and trusted organizations without proper background checks. This very disappointing story today illustrates the need for parents to take every precaution possible to protect their children.   As a former Boy Scout, it is very disheartening to read this story. Over the years, the Scouts were …

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Why Romance Fraud is a Serious Matter

While not striking some as a serious concern, the victims in this article are proof that romance fraud can be both financially and psychologically debilitating. Though this example is in the UK, it can, and does happen globally. Our client experience at Private Investigation Services Group in Bluffton, SC, suggests that early suspicions regarding a budding …

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Seeking Victims in Indonesia Showbiz Scam Investigation

This recent posting from the FBI identifies a business related scam of substantially more complexity than your normal every day fraud. The international nature of the scam and extraordinary suspension of caution by otherwise smart and well intended people only reinforces the value conducting due diligence for any type of business venture. Reputable firms like …

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Keith Raniere, Founder of Cultlike Group, Convicted of Racketeering, Sex Trafficking

This article in the Wall Street Journal brings to a (judicial) conclusion the sad story of a fraudulent business purporting to be a self-improvement organization. Its underlying focus on financial, personal, and sexual manipulation of members is revealed rather quickly, though seemingly is unreported early on. Unfortunately, law enforcement would have likely declined any investigative …

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