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Contact Information:
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Website:http://www.besttimewin.com

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Phone:+45-4540112433
support@besttimewin.com
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WhoIs contestnotifications.net

Address lookup
canonical name contestnotifications.net scamalert
aliases
addresses 62.116.143.11
Domain Whois record

 

Queried whois.internic.net with “dom contestnotifications.net”…

 

Domain Name: CONTESTNOTIFICATIONS.NET
Registrar: INTERNET.BS CORP.
Whois Server: whois.internet.bs
Referral URL: http://www.internet.bs

 

Domain Name Extensions

Domain Name Extensions (Photo credit: The Booklight)

 
Name Server: NS1.PARKINGCREW.NET
Name Server: NS2.PARKINGCREW.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 19-dec-2012
Creation Date: 24-oct-2012
Expiration Date: 24-oct-2013

 

>>> Last update of whois database: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:49:19 UTC <<<

 

Queried whois.internet.bs with “contestnotifications.net”…

 

Domain contestnotifications.net

 

Date Registered: 2012-10-24
Date Modified: 2012-12-19
Expiry Date: 2013-10-24

 

DNS1: ns1.parkingcrew.net
DNS2: ns2.parkingcrew.net

 

Registrant
Suspended by Registrar
Suspended Domain
Email:suspended.domain@topdns.com
98 Hampshire Street
Suspended domain
4892 Nassau
Bahamas
Tel: +1.23456789

 

Administrative Contact
Suspended by Registrar
Suspended Domain
Email:suspended.domain@topdns.com
98 Hampshire Street
Suspended domain
4892 Nassau
Bahamas
Tel: +1.23456789

 

Technical Contact
Suspended by Registrar
Suspended Domain
Email:suspended.domain@topdns.com
98 Hampshire Street
Suspended domain
4892 Nassau
Bahamas
Tel: +1.23456789

 

Registrar: Internet.bs Corp.
Registrar’s Website : http://www.internetbs.net/

 

Network Whois record

 

Queried whois.ripe.net with “-B 62.116.143.11″…

 

% Information related to ‘62.116.143.0 – 62.116.143.255’

 

inetnum: 62.116.143.0 – 62.116.143.255
netname: PARKINGCREW-NET
descr: Team Internet GmbH
descr: Lindwurmstr. 25
descr: 80337 / Muenchen
descr: Germany
country: DE
remarks: —————————————
remarks: Please send all Abuse, Spam, Scans and
remarks: Illegal Activity complaints to:
remarks: abuse@teaminternet.de
remarks: —————————————
admin-c: MW5092-RIPE
tech-c: MW5092-RIPE
status: ASSIGNED PA
notify: ripe@internetx.de
mnt-by: IX1-MNT
mnt-lower: IX1-MNT
mnt-routes: IX1-MNT
changed: ripe@internetx.de 20120323
source: RIPE

 

person: Mario Witte
address: Team Internet AG
address: Lindwurmstr. 25
address: 80337 / Muenchen
address: Germany
phone: +49-89-416146-010
fax-no: +49-89-416146-090
nic-hdl: MW5092-RIPE
notify: ripe@internetx.de
notify: ip@teaminternet.de
source: RIPE
mnt-by: IX1-MNT
changed: ripe@internetx.de 20120820

 

% Information related to ‘62.116.128.0/19AS15456’

 

route: 62.116.128.0/19
descr: INTERNETX-MUC-2
origin: AS15456
mnt-by: IX1-MNT
notify: ripe@internetx.de
changed: ripe@internetx.de 20080429
source: RIPE

 

% This query was served by the RIPE Database Query Service version 1.55 (WHOIS1)

 

DNS records

 

DNS query for 11.143.116.62.in-addr.arpa returned an error from the server: NameError
name class type data time to live
contestnotifications.net IN SOA
server: ns1.parkingcrew.net
email: hostmaster@parkingcrew.com
serial: 13620665
refresh: 28800
retry: 7200
expire: 604800
minimum ttl: 86400
10800s (03:00:00)
contestnotifications.net IN A 62.116.143.11 600s (00:10:00)
contestnotifications.net IN NS ns1.parkingcrew.net 3600s (01:00:00)
contestnotifications.net IN NS ns2.parkingcrew.net 3600s (01:00:00)

 

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WhoIs ~ medfright.com and verifiedprocessor.com

Drug Enforcement Agency

United States of America


The Ryan Haight Act Known as
Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008
Sec. 2. Requirement of a valid prescription for
controlled substances dispensed by means of the Internet.

SUMMARY: The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act,
which was enacted on October 15, 2008,amended the Controlled Substances Act and Controlled Substances Import and Export Act by adding several new provisions to prevent the illegal distribution and dispensing of controlled substances by means of the Internet.



Address lookup
canonical name http://medfright.com

aliases
addresses 84.22.106.161
Domain Whois record

Queried whois.internic.net with “dom medfright.com”…

Domain Name: MEDFRIGHT.COM
Registrar: PSI-USA, INC. DBA DOMAIN ROBOT
Whois Server: whois.psi-usa.info
Referral URL: http://www.psi-usa.info
Name Server: NS1.MEDFRIGHT.COM
Name Server: NS2.MEDFRIGHT.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 28-feb-2013
Creation Date: 15-feb-2013
Expiration Date: 15-feb-2014

>>> Last update of whois database: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:33:51 UTC <<<

Queried whois.psi-usa.info with "medfright.com"…

%
% =============
% PSI-USA, Inc.
% =============
%
% This is the PSI-USA, Inc. WHOIS server.
%
% All requests are logged.
%
% Requesting IP: 63.134.201.240
% Requesting URL: http://whois.psi-usa.info
% Requesting Object: domain medfright.com
% Timestamp: 2013-02-28 09:34:18
%
% You can see the policy that you agree by submitting a query to this server:
% whois -h whois.psi-usa.info POLICY

domain: medfright.com
status: LOCK,TRANSFER-LOCK-60
owner-c: LULU-11892945
admin-c: LULU-11892945
tech-c: LULU-11892945
zone-c: LULU-11892945
nserver: ns1.medfright.com
nserver: ns2.medfright.com
created: 2013-02-15 23:09:19
expire: 2014-02-15 23:09:18 (registry time)
changed: 2013-02-28 07:25:39

[owner-c] handle: 11892945
[owner-c] type: PERSON
[owner-c] title:
[owner-c] fname: Miia
[owner-c] lname: Hietamies
[owner-c] org:
[owner-c] address: Hermiankatu 92
[owner-c] city: Aijanneva
[owner-c] pcode: 34910
[owner-c] country: FI
[owner-c] state: Aijanneva
[owner-c] phone: +358-04462-35554
[owner-c] fax: +358-04462-35554
[owner-c] email: brabantio@medfright.com
[owner-c] protection: B
[owner-c] updated: 2013-02-15 23:09:14

[admin-c] handle: 11892945
[admin-c] type: PERSON
[admin-c] title:
[admin-c] fname: Miia
[admin-c] lname: Hietamies
[admin-c] org:
[admin-c] address: Hermiankatu 92
[admin-c] city: Aijanneva
[admin-c] pcode: 34910
[admin-c] country: FI
[admin-c] state: Aijanneva
[admin-c] phone: +358-04462-35554
[admin-c] fax: +358-04462-35554
[admin-c] email: brabantio@medfright.com
[admin-c] protection: B
[admin-c] updated: 2013-02-15 23:09:14

[tech-c] handle: 11892945
[tech-c] type: PERSON
[tech-c] title:
[tech-c] fname: Miia
[tech-c] lname: Hietamies
[tech-c] org:
[tech-c] address: Hermiankatu 92
[tech-c] city: Aijanneva
[tech-c] pcode: 34910
[tech-c] country: FI
[tech-c] state: Aijanneva
[tech-c] phone: +358-04462-35554
[tech-c] fax: +358-04462-35554
[tech-c] email: brabantio@medfright.com
[tech-c] protection: B
[tech-c] updated: 2013-02-15 23:09:14

[zone-c] handle: 11892945
[zone-c] type: PERSON
[zone-c] title:
[zone-c] fname: Miia
[zone-c] lname: Hietamies
[zone-c] org:
[zone-c] address: Hermiankatu 92
[zone-c] city: Aijanneva
[zone-c] pcode: 34910
[zone-c] country: FI
[zone-c] state: Aijanneva
[zone-c] phone: +358-04462-35554
[zone-c] fax: +358-04462-35554
[zone-c] email: brabantio@medfright.com
[zone-c] protection: B
[zone-c] updated: 2013-02-15 23:09:14

Network Whois record

Queried whois.ripe.net with "-B 84.22.106.161"…

% Information related to '84.22.106.0 – 84.22.106.255'

inetnum: 84.22.106.0 – 84.22.106.255
netname: A84-22-106-0
descr: Republic CyberBunker National Network 106
admin-c: CBMT1-RIPE
tech-c: CBMT1-RIPE
country: AQ
status: ASSIGNED PA
mnt-by: MNT-CB3ROB
mnt-lower: MNT-CB3ROB
mnt-routes: MNT-CB3ROB
changed: hostmaster@ripe.net 20130115
source: RIPE

role: Ministery of Telecommunications
address: One CyberBunker Avenue
address: CB-31337
address: CyberBunker-1
address: Republic CyberBunker
mnt-by: MNT-CB3ROB
e-mail: nobody@cyberbunker.com
admin-c: CBMT1-RIPE
tech-c: CBMT1-RIPE
nic-hdl: CBMT1-RIPE
changed: nobody@cyberbunker.com 20121127
source: RIPE

% Information related to '84.22.96.0/19AS34109'

route: 84.22.96.0/19
descr: R84-22-96-0
origin: AS34109
mnt-by: MNT-CB3ROB
changed: hostmaster@cb3rob.net 20100330
source: RIPE

% This query was served by the RIPE Database Query Service version 1.53 (WHOIS2)

DNS records

DNS query for 161.106.22.84.in-addr.arpa failed: TimedOut
name class type data time to live
medfright.com IN SOA
server: ns1.medfright.com
email: admin@medfright.com
serial: 2009000000
refresh: 600
retry: 900
expire: 1209600
minimum ttl: 43200
600s (00:10:00)
medfright.com IN NS ns1.medfright.com 600s (00:10:00)
medfright.com IN NS ns2.medfright.com 600s (00:10:00)
medfright.com IN MX
preference: 10
exchange: mail.medfright.com
600s (00:10:00)
medfright.com IN A 84.22.106.161 600s (00:10:00)

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Address lookup
canonical name verifiedprocessor.com

aliases
addresses 178.32.236.43
Domain Whois record

Queried whois.internic.net with “dom verifiedprocessor.com”…

Domain Name: VERIFIEDPROCESSOR.COM
Registrar: CJSC REGISTRAR R01
Whois Server: whois.r01.ru
Referral URL: http://r01.ru
Name Server: B1.VERIFIEDPROCESSOR.COM
Name Server: B2.VERIFIEDPROCESSOR.COM
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 21-feb-2013
Creation Date: 09-nov-2012
Expiration Date: 09-nov-2013

Last update of whois database: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:36:09 UTC
Queried whois.r01.ru with “verifiedprocessor.com”…
Domain name: VERIFIEDPROCESSOR.COM

Status: clientTransferProhibited

NameServers:
b1.verifiedprocessor.com
b2.verifiedprocessor.com

Creation date: 09-11-2012
Expiration date: 09-11-2013

Registrant:
N/A
Privacy Protection (noreply@r01.ru)
For contacting domain registrant
please visit http://privacy.r01.ru
All Postal mails and correspondence will be ignored.
Moscow
Moscow,10001
RU
Tel. +7.495000000

Administrative Contact:
N/A
Privacy Protection (noreply@r01.ru)
For contacting domain registrant
please visit http://privacy.r01.ru
All Postal mails and correspondence will be ignored.
Moscow
Moscow,10001
RU
Tel. +7.495000000

Technical Contact:
N/A
Privacy Protection (noreply@r01.ru)
For contacting domain registrant
please visit http://privacy.r01.ru
All Postal mails and correspondence will be ignored.
Moscow
Moscow,10001
RU
Tel. +7.495000000

Billing Contact:
N/A
Privacy Protection (noreply@r01.ru)
For contacting domain registrant
please visit http://privacy.r01.ru
All Postal mails and correspondence will be ignored.
Moscow
Moscow,10001
RU
Tel. +7.495000000

Information provided by R01 registrar

Network Whois record

Queried whois.ripe.net with “-B 178.32.236.43″…
Information related to ‘178.32.236.40 – 178.32.236.43’

inetnum: 178.32.236.40 – 178.32.236.43
netname: LVPS-0212
country: GB
descr: LusoVPS Low Cost VPS
org: ORG-LA397-RIPE
admin-c: OTC14-RIPE
tech-c: OTC14-RIPE
status: ASSIGNED PA
mnt-by: OVH-MNT
changed: noc@ovh.net 20120706
source: RIPE

organisation: ORG-LA397-RIPE
org-name: LusoVPS
org-type: OTHER
address: Avenida CA Martins
e-mail: abuse@lusovps.com
abuse-mailbox: abuse@lusovps.com
descr: LusoVPS
phone: +351302000325
mnt-ref: OVH-MNT
mnt-by: OVH-MNT
changed: noc@ovh.net 20120326
source: RIPE

role: OVH UK Technical Contact
address: OVH Ltd
address: 3 Southwark street
address: LONDON SE1 1RQ
address: UK
e-mail: noc@ovh.net
admin-c: OK217-RIPE
tech-c: GM84-RIPE
nic-hdl: OTC14-RIPE
abuse-mailbox: abuse@ovh.net
notify: noc@ovh.net
mnt-by: OVH-MNT
changed: noc@ovh.net 20101105
source: RIPE

% Information related to ‘178.32.0.0/15AS16276’

route: 178.32.0.0/15
descr: OVH ISP
descr: Paris, France
origin: AS16276
notify: noc@ovh.net
mnt-by: OVH-MNT
changed: noc@ovh.net 20100119
source: RIPE

% This query was served by the RIPE Database Query Service version 1.53 (WHOIS4)

DNS records

DNS query for 43.236.32.178.in-addr.arpa returned an error from the server: NameError
name class type data time to live
verifiedprocessor.com IN A 178.32.236.43 60s (00:01:00)
verifiedprocessor.com IN NS b1.verifiedprocessor.com 172800s (2.00:00:00)
verifiedprocessor.com IN NS b2.verifiedprocessor.com 172800s (2.00:00:00)

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Consumer Advocates Group Experts, LLC

For Release: 02/07/2013

Defendants in Alleged “Forensic Audit” Mortgage Scam Settle FTC Charges

Marketers Held Out Bogus Promise that They Could Help Consumers Avoid Foreclosure; Often Charged Thousands of Dollars

The defendants behind an operation that allegedly preyed on vulnerable homeowners have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they lured people into paying $1,995 or more by holding out bogus promises that they

Seal of the United States Federal Trade Commis...

Seal of the United States Federal Trade Commission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

could help them avoid foreclosure and renegotiate their mortgages.

The FTC’s settlement order against the Los Angeles, California-based Consumer Advocates Group Experts, LLC, company owner Ryan Zimmerman, and two other related companies is part of the agency’s continuing crackdown on scams that target consumers in financial distress.  It bans the defendants from marketing any mortgage assistance relief or other debt relief products or services.  It also prohibits them from making misleading claims about any financial product or service, or any other type of product or service.

At the request of the FTC, a U.S. district court halted the operation pending trial in June 2012.  The FTC’s complaint charged the defendants with violating the FTC Act and the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule, known as the MARS Rule, by deceptively telling consumers that they could renegotiate mortgages, making payments substantially more affordable; that they could use the “forensic audits” to negotiate with lenders; and that if they failed to do these things, they would provide a refund.  The complaint also charges the defendants with other MARS Rule violations, including collecting fees for mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification services before homeowners accept a written offer from their lender or servicer, and failing to make required disclosures.

The settlement also imposes a $3.5 million judgment, which reflects the full amount of consumer injury during the two years before the operation was shut down.  The judgment will be suspended due to the defendants’ inability to pay.  If it is later determined that the financial information the defendants provided to the FTC was false, the full amount of the judgment will become due.

According to the complaint, the defendants claimed on their website that “up to 95% of mortgages may be legally unenforceable due to defects like lost documents, improper notices, appraisal and/or predatory lending.”  Using this claim, they said the results of the “forensic audits” they provided would help consumers avoid foreclosure.  They also promised that consumers could obtain mortgage modifications with reduced interest rates and lower monthly mortgage payments.

The complaint alleges that consumers often did not receive loan modifications or reduced
payments, and often found out from their lenders that the defendants either contacted them and failed to follow up, or never contacted them at all.  The complaint also alleges that the defendants routinely failed to answer or return consumers’ telephone calls and emails seeking updates on their mortgage modifications, failed to provide refunds to consumers who requested them, and put consumers at risk of losing their homes and damaging their credit ratings. Consumers often learned too late that their houses were being foreclosed upon, according to the complaint.

In addition to Consumer Advocates Group Experts, LLC and Zimmerman, the complaint and settlement order name Paramount Asset Management Corporation and Advocates for Consumer Affairs Expert, LLC as defendants in this case.

The FTC has advice for consumers about mortgage modification and foreclosure rescue scams.  For more information see the website Your Home and the publication Forensic Loan Audits.

The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the proposed consent agreement was 5-0, with Commissioner Joshua D. Wright participating.  The FTC filed the proposed consent agreement in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California January 23, 2013, and it was entered by the court on February 1, 2013.

NOTE:  This consent decree is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by the defendants that the law has been violated.  Consent decrees have the force of law when approved and signed by the District Court judge.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Betsy Lordan
Office of Public Affairs

202-326-3707
 
STAFF CONTACT:
Mary T. Benfield,
FTC Northwest Region
206-220-4472

Joe Lipinsky
FTC Northwest Region
206-220-4473

FTC Returns More Than $685,000 to Victims of “Real Wealth” Scam

For Release: 02/27/2013

FTC Returns More Than $685,000 to Victims of “Real Wealth” Work-at-Home and Grant Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 50,365 refund checks totaling more than $685,000 to consumers who were victimized by a bogus work-at-home and grant scam.  As part of a February 2010 law enforcement crackdown, the FTC took action against Real Wealth and other schemes, alleging that they took advantage of the economic downturn to bilk vulnerable consumers by peddling various products that supposedly helped to generate income.

In an ongoing partnership with the AARP Foundation, the FTC will provide consumers receiving redress checks with contact information for the AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center.  The center staff provide guidance about ways to avoid scams and stay safe.

The FTC alleged that Real Wealth, Inc. and its owner, Lance Murkin, preyed on the elderly, the disabled, and other consumers nationwide with a deceptive direct-mail campaign that marketed and sold booklets supposedly explaining how to earn money by working from home or applying for government grants.

The court agreed with the FTC that these claims were false or unsubstantiated, in violation of the FTC Act, and granted the FTC’s motion for summary judgment against the defendants.

Each consumer will receive $13.63, or 68 percent of the average amount lost, which was $20.  The checks will be mailed by an administrator working for the FTC, and will expire 60 days after they are issued.  The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before refund checks can be cashed.  The FTC would like to thank AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly for bringing Real Wealth to its attention.

Consumers with questions about the Real Wealth refund checks should call the refund administrator at 1-888-519-6918.  For general questions about the FTC’s redress program, visit www.FTC.gov/refunds.

Consumers should carefully evaluate claims about work-at-home offers.  For more information see:  Business Opportunity Scams.

To learn about current scams and ways to stay safe, contact the AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center toll free at 1-800-646-2283, or www.aarp.org/wa.  The call center has consumer education materials on a wide range of issues concerning fraud prevention and victim support.  In past years, the call center provided peer counseling services to more than 500,000 consumers around the country.                                                                                                                                   

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Betsy Lordan
Office of Public Affairs

202-326-3707
 
STAFF CONTACT:
Kelly Horne
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-3031

FTC Top 10 Complaint Categories for 2012

For Release: 02/26/2013

Identity Theft Tops List for 13th Consecutive Year in Report of National Consumer Complaints

Identity theft is once more the top complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission, which has released its 2012 annual report of complaints. 2012 marks the first year in which the FTC received more than 2 million complaints overall, and 369,132, or 18 percent, were related to identity theft. Of those, more than 43 percent related to tax- or wage-related fraud.

The report gives national data, as well as a state-by-state accounting of top complaint categories and a listing of the metropolitan areas that generated the most complaints. This includes the top 50 metropolitan areas for both fraud complaints and identity theft complaints.

The remainder of complaint categories making up the top 10 are:

Number Percent
Debt collection 199,721 10 percent
Banks and Lenders 132,340 6 percent
Shop-at-Home and Catalog Sales 115,184 6 percent
Prizes, Sweepstakes and Lotteries 98,479 5 percent
Impostor Scams 82,896 4 percent
Internet Services 81,438 4 percent
Auto-Related Complaints 78,062 4 percent
Telephone and Mobile Services 76,783 4 percent
Credit Cards 51,550 3 percent

A complete list of all complaint categories is available on page six of the report.

The FTC enters complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database that is available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies across the country. Agencies use the data to research cases, identify victims and track possible targets.

Other federal and state law enforcement agencies contribute to Consumer Sentinel, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center and the offices of 14 state attorneys general. Private-sector organizations contributing data include all Better Business Bureaus in the U.S. and Canada, PrivacyStar, Publishers Clearing House and others.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jay Mayfield
Office of Public Affairs

202-326-2181
 
STAFF CONTACT:
David Torok
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-3075

FTC Warns Veterans: Be Wary of ‘Free’ Pension Advice

 02/25/2013

The Federal Trade Commission warns veterans and their families:  Be wary of dishonest advisers offering “free” help with paperwork for pension claims.

Unscrupulous lawyers, financial planners and insurance agents advise veterans over 65 to transfer their assets to a trust, or to invest in insurance products, so they can qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits.  By following their advice, you could lose your eligibility for Medicaid services and the use of your money for a long time, plus get billed for fees that range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Whether it’s through an ad or a website, these offers usually involve a free seminar, often at assisted living facilities, senior centers, or other places in your community.  They may claim to be veterans themselves, and appeal to your emotions to get you to act.  Consider any pressure to act fast as your cue to say no.  Your best bet is to take your time, do some research, and consider all your options, including doing nothing.

To learn more, read the FTC’s Poaching Veterans’ Pensions.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2180