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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 about $1.4 million from more ...

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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 Memphis are four of 40 ...

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Businessman admits to defrauding USDA in kickback scheme

HATTIESBURG — A Hattiesburg businessman has pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme, which defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prosecutors say 82-year-old T.L. Pittman Jr. entered the plea in federal court in Hattiesburg to a bill of information that charged him with one count of theft of government funds. He will be sentenced Aug. 18. Prosecutors say Pittman, through his ...

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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 direct the receiver to call ...

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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 Statement.” “Compliance Services is not ...

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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 from utility company to utility ...

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Hood liked Ed McMahon; but lottery scammers…

Mississippians should be aware — a notice saying they are big winners could result in big losses. Attorney General Jim Hood has issued an alert on phony phone marketers promising lottery winnings or bogus checks in the mail. This particular scam, referred to as the lottery scam, can surface via phone, mail or email.  The standard con includes a claim ...

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Mississippi Power: Don't be left in dark by scammers

A Mississippi utility has issued a warning — don’t be left in the dark by con artists. Mississippi Power reports scammers, attempting to pass themselves off as company employees, are contacting the Gulfport-based utility’s customers and telling them they are behind on their electric bill and face having their power cut off. Spokesman Keith Guillot tells The Sun Herald the ...

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The anatomy of a scam

I thought it sounded too good to be true when mere minutes after putting a couple of items for sale online I got a bite. Turns out I was right, and it gave me an up-close-and-personal look at the sheer nerve and ingenuity of today’s online scammers. I recently placed two items on the Jackson area Craigslist. It was the ...

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Woman follows husband's lead, pleads guilty to shipping scheme

BILOXI — A woman has pleaded guilty as part of the fraud investigation of a shipping company in south Mississippi. Jennifer Griswold waived indictment and pleaded guilty today to one count of withholding information on a crime, says her lawyer, Peter Barrett. Griswold had been charged with conspiracy, but agreed to plead guilty to the other charge. Dustin Lee Griswold ...

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