Foods That Pretend To Be Drugs

Foods That Pretend To Be Drugs

“Medical attention does not come from a Cheerios box,” Steven Nissen, head of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, told Forbes. See, one of the biggest trends in the food industry are these so-called “functional foods,” water that helps you sleep, yogurt that regulates your digestion, pomegranate juice that cures cancer, etc. But most of the claims are bogus, or at best, misleading, and the FDA is cracking down. [More]

Fraudster Stole $900K From Best Buy

Fraudster Stole $900K From Best Buy

Is ripping off Best Buy destined to be this summer’s hot new felony? Just last week, an Illinois couple was convicted of bilking the retail giant of $41 million over a four-year period. Now, a Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to scamming Best Buy for a more modest $900,000, by submitting false invoices for electronics equipment. [More]

FTC Shuts Down Bogus Credit Card Robocallers

FTC Shuts Down Bogus Credit Card Robocallers

Three companies that made claims that they could help consumers reduce their credit card interest rates — and then charged fees of up to $1,590 — have been shut down by the Federal Trade Commission. “The last thing debt-ridden consumers need is to be deluged by illegal robocalls – especially when all the calls are offering is a scam,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. [More]

Bundle Of 'Discounts' Triples Your Odds Of Getting Ripped Off

Bundle Of 'Discounts' Triples Your Odds Of Getting Ripped Off

The are plenty of scams promoted in the backwaters of local radio and late-night TV ads. Most tend to focus on one ripoff at a time; after all, why complicate the message by asking listeners to choose how they want to get fleeced. But a tip from a viewer alerted TV reporter John Matarese to what may be a new trend: Bundling three worthless offers to create one colossally bad deal.

"National Credit Audit Corporation" Tries To Collect Bogus Debt

"National Credit Audit Corporation" Tries To Collect Bogus Debt

Brian writes us, enraged at Popular Science for sending him to a debt collector in an attempt to get him to renew his subscription. We were unsurprised to learn that Brian had received a notice from the “National Credit Audit Corporation” of lovely Peoria, IL.