Posts Tagged ‘scam’

Nine arrested in international online sales scam case

BATON ROUGE, La. — Seven people in Louisiana and two others in Mississippi have been arrested in connection with an international online sales scam. A news release from Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office on Tuesday said the nine are suspected to have ties to organized crime in Romania. They are alleged to have stolen […] [...]

Teacher exam fraud case ends; four agree to stop teaching

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scandal have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, prosecutors said yesterday. Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee; and Nia Kimble-Harris of […] [...]

Man sentenced to more than seven years in prison for African Craigslist scam

JACKSON — Federal prosecutors say James Lewis Johnson has been sentenced to 86 months in prison for his role in a Mississippi-based fraud that used stolen financial information to get money and goods and then ship them to South Africa and Nigeria. Johnson was among several people indicted in the case earlier this year. He […] [...]

AG Hood warns of ‘emergency scam’ that uses law firm’s name

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has reissued a reminder about the clever scams constantly being executed by con-artists. One current scam, a version of what is known as the “emergency scam,” has circulated and is falsely using the name of a local law firm, Hawkins/Gibson. The law firm reported the calls they have been receiving […] [...]

Two Romanians arrested for online sales scams

PEARL — Two Romanian men alleged to be involved in a sophisticated on-line sales scam have been arrested in Mississippi, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Paul Moraru-Rogoza, 37, and Gicu Oprea, 50, both of whose last known residence is in Lafayette, La., were arrested today in Pearl following a joint investigation conducted by the […] [...]

BBB issues warning involving asphalt paving scam

JACKSON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to beware of a scam involving door-to-door salesmen offering low-cost quotes on asphalt paving. Over the past week, BBB has received calls and complaints from local consumers who were approached by salesmen offering to pave driveways for very low costs, claiming to use asphalt “left-over” […] [...]

Hood reports scam targeting credit unions

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says con artists using an automated phone scam have been targeting credit unions and their clients in Mississippi. A news release from Hood says the scam involves text messages touting a fake “Credit Union 24 Hour Alert.” The messages state that the recipient’s “card has been suspended” and they […] [...]

Hosemann warns of scam involving Compliance Services

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has received numerous inquiries regarding a company called Compliance Services, which has apparently been soliciting businesses across the state. In what appears as an official correspondence, Compliance Services requests businesses to provide sensitive information and a check for $125. In return, the company would prepare an “Annual Minutes Requirement […] [...]

BBB issues alert involving Mississippi Power scam

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi chapter of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) BBB is warning of a utility scam targeting Mississippi Power customers. John O’Hara, president and CEO of BBB Mississippi, reports that these type of scams will move from utility company to utility company and spread throughout our state. These scams will also move […] [...]

Hood watching for scammers in black farmer settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers to be aware of persons or organizations offering help in filing claims in the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It has been brought to our attention that there are individuals/organizations who are holding meetings statewide and charging a fee to help […] [...]

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