Tag Archives: scams

Trump Scams Cultists With “Surprise” Auto-Donations

The Insider reports: Save America, the political action committee (PAC) created by Donald Trump, is urging donors to “surprise” the former president with extra money on his birthday. When supporters donate via Save America’s site, the website automatically ticks a box saying they would like to donate the same amount on Trump’s birthday, which is June 14. For example, if …

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Feds: Man Posed As Trump’s Sister To Scam Cultists

NBC News reports: A Pennsylvania man fraudulently used then-President Donald Trump’s relatives’ names and photos – including those of Trump’s teen son – to rip off unsuspecting followers of a fictitious political fundraising operation, the FBI said. Joshua Hall, of Mechanicsburg, Penn., allegedly raised thousands of dollars using Trump family identities on his platforms – claiming those relatives were helping …

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MoviePass Parent Settles With FTC On Shady Practices

From the Federal Trade Commission: The operators of the MoviePass subscription service have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations they took steps to block subscribers from using the service as advertised, while also failing to secure subscribers’ personal data. Under the proposed settlement, MoviePass, Inc., its parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, Inc. (Helios), and their principals, Mitchell Lowe …

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How Anti-Vaxxers Are Raking In Millions During COVID

The Associated Press reports: “You’re going to love owning the platinum package,” Charlene Bollinger tells viewers, as a picture of a DVD set, booklets and other products flashes on screen. Her husband, Ty, promises a “director’s cut edition,” and over 100 minutes of additional footage. Click the orange button, his wife says, “to join in the fight for health freedom” …

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DOJ Sues Bannon Outfit Over COVID “Miracle” Pills

New Jersey Today reports: Steve Bannon does not typically come across as a paragon of health, so it was probably a bad idea to use the overweight, cigar-smoking, far-right con artist to market vitamins, but the former Trump adviser was hawking a snake oil miracle pill to fight COVID until federal authorities caught up to the scam. Bannon appeared in …

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GOP Bulk Book Buys Create “Bestsellers” For Cultists

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s memoir and social critique, “Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage,” soared to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published last year. The book helped raise the former Navy SEAL’s profile and burnished his credentials as a rising star among freshman congressmen. The National Republican Congressional Committee, which works …

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Republican Congressional Committee Warns Donors: Give Today Or We Will Tell Trump You’re A “Defector”

Mediaite reports: The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) homepage currently includes a prechecked recurring donation box, which if unchecked, will allegedly force the committee to tell Donald Trump that “you’re a DEFECTOR” and have sided with the Democratic party. “We need to know we haven’t lost you to the Radical Left,” reads the statement alongside the prechecked box. “If you …

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Scam PAC Targets Trump Supporters For Donations

Politico reports: Over the past few weeks, POLITICO has received a number of robocalls from generically named political groups asking for cash in order to help in very Trump-specific missions. A donation of $100, for example, would help return Trump to Twitter. Or, for a similar amount, a potential donor can “stop Kamala Harris and socialism,” the calls claim. Other …

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Bible Museum Returns “Disputed” Artifacts To Egypt

The Christian Post reports: Weeks after the Museum of the Bible in Washington transferred control of 5,000 disputed manuscripts and bits of papyrus to the U.S. government, officials have repatriated the artifacts to Egypt, from where the items were thought to have been illegally shipped during the Arab Spring. The handover of the artifacts, which included manuscript fragments, funeral masks, …

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FL Scammers Sold Fake COVID Vaccine Appointments

The Hill reports: Eventbrite sites posing as local Florida health departments have reportedly targeted seniors in the state by charging money for fake vaccination appointments, prompting local health officials to issue warnings to residents Monday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued an executive order on Dec. 23 mandating that those 65 and older would be among the first people of …

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Scam PAC Seeks To Cash In On “Stop The Steal” Idiots

Salon reports: The right-wing trolls behind the baseless “Stop the Steal” election fraud movement have launched a political action committee (PAC) to cash in on the false claim that the election was rigged against President Donald Trump, according to a filing posted this weekend on the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) website. The organization, called Stop the Steal PAC, shows signs …

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Watchdog Group Warns Of COVID Hoax Net Domains

The Washington Post reports: The domain registrars have done little to prevent the sale of dozens of Internet domains with the potential to spread hoaxes related to covid-19, a three-month investigation by the consumer watchdog group Digital Citizens Alliance found. Scammers could use these websites to disseminate false information about the pandemic that could result in things like identity theft …

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Kobach: Trump Gave Scam Private Wall His “Blessing”

CNN reports: Donald Trump ally Kris Kobach said in an interview last year that he had spoken with the President three times about the private border wall project that is currently at the center of a federal fraud investigation, and that Trump was “enthusiastic” about the project and it carried his blessing. Speaking on an episode of the “We Build …

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Steve Bannon Calls Arrest “A Political Hit Job” [VIDEO]

“I am not going to back down. This is a political hit job. Everybody knows I love a fight. I was called ‘honey badger’ for many years. You know, ‘Honey badger doesn’t give.’ “So, I’m in this for the long haul. I’m in this for the fight. I’m going to continue to fight.  This was to stop and intimidate people …

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Many High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked In Bitcoin Scam: Joe Biden, Apple, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, & Others

TechCrunch reports: A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday by attackers who used the accounts — some with millions of followers — to spread a cryptocurrency scam. @apple had its account hacked to push the same scam, as well as Amazon co-founder @jeffbezos and Democratic presidential candidate @joebiden. Many other accounts were quickly hijacked, including @elonmusk. …

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Feds Zap Hundreds Of Scam COVID Cure Websites

The New York Daily News reports: The feds have disrupted hundreds of internet domains that cybercriminals have used to commit fraud and other crimes by taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The FBI as of Tuesday received more than 3,600 complaints related to COVID-19 scams, “many of which operated from websites that advertised fake vaccines …

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Huckabee Joins Board Of Christian Health Care Sharing Outfit As States Move To Clamp Down On Deceptions

Via press release from Christian Newswire: Former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee has joined the Board of Directors at OneShare Health, an ACA-exempt Christian Health Care Sharing Ministry (HCSM) based in Irving, Texas. Huckabee, who maintains strong ties to the Christian church, said he was initially drawn to OneShare Health’s faithdriven vision. After joining OneShare Health’s Board …

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Republicans Still Sending Fake “Census” Money Begs

The Philadelphia Tribune reports: In the Philadelphia suburbs, a document that’s mocked up to look like the U.S. Census, but is really a clever fund-raising ploy by the Republican National Committee, is once again making the rounds. The document started landing in mailboxes in Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties, according to KYW-1060 AM, and the office of U.S. Rep. Madeleine …

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Trump Cuts $2M Check In Scam Charity Settlement

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has paid $2 million in court-ordered damages for misusing funds in a tax-exempt charity he controlled, the New York attorney general said Tuesday. The payment was ordered last month by a New York state judge in an extraordinary rebuke to a sitting president. Trump had been sued in 2018 by New York, who alleged …

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Online College Settles False Ad Charges For $191M

CNBC reports: The University of Phoenix, which is owned by Apollo Education Group, has agreed to pay $191 million to settle charges that it falsely advertised close ties with major U.S. companies that could lead to jobs for students, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. The University of Phoenix will pay $50 million to the FTC to return to …

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