DCP: Fraud and Scams

Fraud and Scams

 
 
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12/12/2012
Department Issues Alert about Bogus Web Hosting Invoices Sent by “DNS Services”
A company apparently has sent bogus invoices to companies and/or organizations in Connecticut for web hosting services...
11/26/2012 On Cyber-Monday and Every Day, Take Precautions When Shopping Online
  The Department of Consumer Protection is joining consumer groups nationwide today in urging online shoppers to be cautious and wary in avoiding online scams that may be targeting cyber-shoppers...
 
11/21/2012 Department Alerts Consumers to Scammers Posing as Agency Workers, Promising Money
  The Department is warning consumers today to be wary of, and ignore telephone calls from persons who claim to be employed by the Department of Consumer Protection and who offer quick reimbursement money to settle a legal claim...
 
10/10/2012 State Reaches Voluntary Agreements with Five “Gifting Table” Scheme Participants
  Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that five former participants in an alleged illegal pyramid scheme will forfeit a total of $202,500...
 
10/3/2012 Residents Advised to Check Out Charities Before Responding to Solicitors
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein are urging Connecticut residents to make informed choices by asking questions when contacted by telemarketers seeking donations on behalf of a charity...
 
9/25/2012 Department Issues Reminder About Choosing Home Improvement Contractors
  As homeowners move to complete odd jobs and home improvement projects before winter, the Department of Consumer Protection reminds consumers to make sure that any home improvement contractors and their salesmen are properly registered in Connecticut before agreeing to work with them...
 
9/18/2012 UST-US Telecom Barred from Doing Business in State and Must Repay Scheme Victims
  The Department has issued a cease and desist order, including an order of restitution, to a company that sent bogus invoices to state and local organizations for non-existent preventative maintenance warranties on technology services...
 
9/11/2012 Department of Consumer Protection Warns Consumers about New Utilities Payment Scam
  Scammers are posing as representatives of the Connecticut Light and Power Company and are seeking immediate payments from Connecticut residents...
 
9/6/2012 Consumer Alert: Fake FBI Email Attempting to Extort Connecticut Residents
  An Internet virus carrying a fake message and claiming to impose a so-called fine from the FBI residents...
 
8/20/2012 Department Files Complaint Against Alleged Parole System Scammer
  An administrative complaint for alleged violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act against Christopher C. Shuckra of Hartford, and two companies he has operated...
 
8/8/2012 On-line Coupons May Give Scammers a Foot in the Door -- Consumers Urged to Verify Credentials
  With the recent surge in on-line coupons offered on social media sites the Department is reminding consumers to check out contractors carefully before agreeing to any work...
 
7/11/2012 Consumer Alert: Steer Clear of Bogus Program Promising to Pay Utility Bills
  Falsely promising financial support from a federal program that does not exist, fraudsters nationwide are collecting personal and financial information from consumers eager to take advantage of the bogus offer...
 
6/21/2012 Connecticut Warns Immigrant Communities: Beware “Notario” Fraud
  Notaries public, or "notarios," are not licensed to give legal advice, nor represent people in immigration proceedings...
 
6/6/2012 Department Launches Investigation into UST – US Telecom for allegedly sending bogus invoices to public organizations
  The Department of Consumer Protection has launched an investigation into a company that has sent invoices to state agencies and may also be targeting municipalities, schools, businesses and other government agencies, for a warranty to cover preventative maintenance...
 
5/31/2012 New Twist on “Yellow Pages” Scam Has Some Companies Seeing Red
  Some scammers have started to try intimidating their targets with claims that they have a company representative “on tape” authorizing the purchase of Yellow Page listings...
 
5/30/2012 Adderall 30 mg Tablets: Counterfeit Online Product Contains Wrong Active Ingredients
  Consumers who purchase Adderall over the Internet should know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified a counterfeit version...
 
5/16/2012 Grant Deed Offers May Mislead Consumers, Department Warns
  Consumers should be suspicious of offers from businesses charging excessive fees for public records...
 
4/23/2012 Department Warns: Paving Scammers Have Surfaced in Connecticut
  The warm weather has led to the early arrival of flowers, insects -- and even paving scammers, the Department of Consumer Protection reported today...
 
3/21/2012 Something for Nothing? Think Again -- “Too Good to be True” Offers Abound on Some Online Classified Websites
  Craigslist, Estia, Backpage, and other free classified websites have become popular online tools, but unfortunately, they may have also become breeding grounds for identity theft and scams...
 
3/16/2012 Consumers are Reminded to Beware Foreign Lottery Scams
  Connecticut residents have notified the Department that they’ve received ‘winning’ notices in the mail recently, from supposed foreign lotteries, so we’re asking consumers to be wary,” Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said today


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