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Elderly Fox Viewers Targeted In “Deep State” Scam

Law & Crime reports: A lengthy exposé by Quartz shows how Chase Metals used “fear and Facebook,” allegedly to scam the elderly out of their retirement funds. And all of that fear was transformed into financial security paranoia–keyed toward a certain ideological faction of late-aged Americans. Screenshots of Facebook ads show that Fox News viewers were specifically targeted. “Is Your …

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Televangelist Immunizes Followers From Alzheimer’s

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist: Who needs doctors, anyway, when you can just touch different parts of your body and heal everything yourself? That’s what televangelist Kenneth Copeland did during a sermon on Monday. Speaking at his “Washington D.C. Victory Campaign 2019,” he led the crowd in seven minutes of what appears to be a Christian version of …

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Trump Campaign Scams Donors With Fake Contests

Popular Information reports: The Trump campaign has held at least 15 contests since 2018 offering the chance to win breakfast, lunch, or dinner with President Trump. Supporters are enticed to donate to Trump’s campaign with promises of free travel, accommodations, and an “epic” meal with Trump at various locations across the country. An investigation by Popular Information, however, did not …

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Felicity Huffman Gets 14 Days In Admissions Scandal

The Daily Beast reports: On Friday, a federal judge sentenced actress Felicity Huffman to 14 days in jail after she pleaded guilty in May to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. “Trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this,” Judge Indira Talwani said after handing down the sentence, which included a $30,000 …

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Politico: Millions Were Scammed From CPAC Donors

Politico reports: After recruiting thousands of donors for the American Conservative Union — the powerful organization behind the annual CPAC conference — a Republican political operative pushed the same contributors to give millions to a PAC that promised to go after then-President Barack Obama, but then steered much of their donations to himself and his partners. The PAC, called the …

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Federal Court OK’s Fraud Suit Against Trump Family

Courthouse News Service reports: They may not be able to prove racketeering, but victims of a purported multilevel-marketing scheme can sue President Donald Trump for luring them in without disclosing that he was being paid millions to do so. Four anonymous Americans brought the suit at issue last year, seeking to hold the Trump Corp., the president himself and three …

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Domains Giant GoDaddy Takes Down 15K Scam Sites

Wired reports: You’ve seen the ads in your email or online: Celebrities supposedly hawking miracle weight loss cures or galaxy brain supplements. They’re at this point endemic to the web, as deeply ingrained as hashtags and puppies. But even though plenty of people fall for them, no one ever really does anything about it. Of all the security threats online, …

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College Admissions Ringleader “Helped” 750+ Families

NBC News reports: The ringleader behind a $25 million college admission scam that implicated dozens of people, including Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, said he has worked with more than 750 families. William Rick Singer, who pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Boston federal court to racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges, said in a phone …

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FDA Warns 17 Companies Over Fake Alzheimer’s Cures

CNBC reports: The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it sent warning letters to more than a dozen companies the agency said are “illegally selling” products that claim to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these products, which are often sold on websites and social media platforms, “have not been reviewed by the FDA and are not proven safe …

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GoFundMe Border Wall Guy: We’re Building It Ourselves

Via press release: Heartened by the overwhelming support of fellow Americans who have donated over $20 million to the viral GoFundMe campaign “We the People Will Fund the Wall,” war hero and triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage announced the launch of a 501(c)4 called “We Build the Wall, Inc.” which will fund the private construction of a wall along the United …

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Judge Approves Deal To Close Trump’s Scam “Charity”

The Associated Press reports: A New York judge has signed off on a deal to close President Donald Trump’s embattled charity and give about $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofits. Justice Saliann Scarpulla approved the deal late Wednesday, triggering the start of a court-supervised process for putting the Trump Foundation out of business. New York’s attorney general and …

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Trump Agrees To Dissolve Scam “Charity” Foundation

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has agreed to shut down his embattled personal charity and give away its remaining funds amid allegations that he used it for his personal and political benefit, the New York attorney general announced Tuesday. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that the Donald J. Trump Foundation is dissolving as her office pursues its …

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Acting AG Matt Whitaker Knew About Fraud Complaints Against Scam Outfit, Still Wanted To Do Ads For Them

The Washington Post reports: Months after joining the advisory board of a Miami-based patent company in 2014, Matthew G. Whitaker began fielding angry complaints from customers that they were being defrauded, including from a client who showed up at his Iowa office to appeal to him personally for help, records show. Yet Whitaker, now the acting attorney general, remained an …

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Single Donor Behind Shadowy Matt Whitaker “Charity”

Open Secrets reports: A single six-figure donor accounted for 100 percent of funding raised by a nonprofit run by acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker before he became Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff last year, new tax documents obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics reveal. President Trump tapped Whitaker to become acting Attorney General earlier in November after Jeff Sessions …

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Trump Cultists Blow Thousands On Iraqi Dinar Scam

The Daily Beast reports: Trump supporter Hayes Kotseos runs a North Carolina pool-maintenance company, but she’s got a side bet that she thinks might make her fabulously wealthy: the Iraqi dinar. The currency is nearly worthless outside of Iraq, but Kotseos bought millions of dinars in April, after watching a video of President Trump at a 2017 press conference. In …

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Catholic Diocese Accused Of Covering Up “Rare Cancer” GoFundMe Scam By Priest Who Preyed On Parishioners

Mississippi’s Starkville Daily News reports: A Starkville priest is at the center of a criminal investigation involving a string of fraudulent charity efforts that federal agents believe was covered up by church leaders in Jackson. According to a 37-page affidavit filed Friday by Department of Homeland Security Special Agent William G. Childers in U.S. District Court in Jackson, an ongoing …

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Charges Filed In Viral $400,000 GoFundMe Campaign: Couple Conspired With Homeless Man To Invent Story

NBC News Philadelphia reports: A New Jersey couple accused of scamming a homeless good Samaritan out of hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of an online fundraiser that went viral a year ago had initially conspired with him to concoct a “fictitious story,” prosecutors allege. A complaint obtained by NBC Philadelphia says couple Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure made …

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Scam Outfit Linked To Acting AG Marketed “Masculine Toilet” For Men Whose Junk Is So Big It Hits The Water

Mother Jones reports: In November 2014, a Miami Beach-based firm, World Patent Marketing, announced the “marketing launch” of a “MASCULINE TOILET,” which boasted a specially designed bowl to help “well-endowed men” avoid unwanted contact with porcelain or water. “The average male genitalia is between 5″ and 6″,” the firm’s press release said. “However, this invention is designed for those of …

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FTC Shuts Down $100 Million “Trumpcare” Scam

The Miami Herald reports: A South Florida company that collected more than $100 million in premiums selling sham health insurance “for smart people” through a network of deceptive websites, including one called trumpcarequotes.com, was ordered by a federal judge to temporarily shut down following consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission. Simple Health Plans, based in Hollywood, lured “tens of …

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Jill Stein Spends Recount Cash On Russian Defense

The Daily Beast reports: Money that Jill Stein raised to recount votes in 2016 swing states is being used by her campaign to pay for legal bills stemming from the investigation of Russian interference in the last presidential election. In June, The Daily Beast reported that the the U.S. Green Party candidate’s campaign, which raised $7.3 million for recounts in …

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