The Online Entrepreneur Inc. aka Dave’s Consulting Associates, Inc

Defendants Behind ‘Online Entrepreneur’
Work-at-Home Scheme Settle FTC Charges

For Release

March 20, 2014

The operators of a business opportunity scheme have agreed to settle Federal PayDayLoanTrade Commission charges that they defrauded consumers through the sale of a work-at-home program that purportedly provided consumers with their own websites that would enable them to earn a significant income by affiliate marketing with websites of well-known companies such as Prada, Sony, Louis Vuitton, and Verizon.

The settlement is part of a federal-state crackdown on scams that falsely promise jobs and opportunities to “be your own boss” to people who are unemployed or underemployed. Under the settlement, the defendants behind the operation, The Online Entrepreneur, will be banned from selling business and work-at-home opportunities.

According to an FTC complaint filed in November 2012, the defendants sold the “Six Figure Program” to consumers as a purportedly no-risk, money-back guaranteed opportunity to make money via their own website, falsely claiming that, for a $27 fee, they would enable consumers to affiliate with well-known companies’ websites and earn commissions. After purchasing the program, consumers learned that they had to pay $100 or more in additional costs just to set up their websites. The court subsequently halted the allegedly deceptive practices, froze the defendants’ assets, and put the companies into receivership pending a court hearing.

The settlement order announced today permanently prohibits The Online Entrepreneur Inc., Ben and Dave’s Consulting Associates, Inc., and David Clabeaux from selling business and work-at-home opportunities, misrepresenting that consumers are likely to earn money and misrepresenting any material fact about a product or service. They also are barred from failing to clearly disclose the terms of any offer before consumers provide billing information, and making a representation unless it is true and the defendants have competent and reliable evidence to substantiate the claim. In addition, the order prohibits these defendants from selling or otherwise benefiting from consumers’ personal information, and failing to properly dispose of customer information.

The order imposes a judgment of more than $2.9 million, which will be suspended when Clabeaux has surrendered real estate, personal property, and bank and investment accounts. The full judgment will become due immediately if the defendants are found to have misrepresented their financial condition. Litigation continues against the remaining defendant, Benjamin Moskel.

The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the proposed consent judgment was 4-0. The consent judgment was entered by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on March 13, 2014.

NOTE:  Consent judgments 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.

Contact Information

MEDIA CONTACT:

Frank Dorman,
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2674

STAFF CONTACT:

Barbara E. Bolton,
FTC’s Southeast Region
404-656-1362

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*Probable originating IP address

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mva.maryland.gov ~ drivers-licenses.org

The UPDATE below need to be ignore. As soon as we updated SFA Report for whatconsumer alert we thought was an attempt by the site operators of the BBB consumer portal to re-published complaints regarding the website http://www.drivers-licenses.org that miraculously disappeared, it appears that this was just another DECEPTIVE ACT by those operators.

The operators have edited, deleted and added comments to consumer complaints on the BBB site to portray drivers-licenses.org in a favorable light. THIS IS A SCAM OPERATION being perpetuated.

MarylandDriversLicense

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Update: scamFRAUDalert is please to provide this update regarding the Better Business Bureau [BBB] and congratulate the BBB for taking swift action. It now appears that consumer complaints regarding Drivers-Licenses.org deleted have been reinstated.

_____________________________

We first begun reporting on http://www.drivers-licenses.org based on consumer complaints we were witnessing online. We’ve since learned that there are more of these phony DMV sites populating the internet.

__________________________________

scamFRAUDalert see it appropriate to issue this ALERT as Cambridge Media Series, LLC d/b/a http://www.Drivers-Licenses.org appears to be offering it’s services nationwide and claim not to be affiliated with any state or governmental agencies. This is a paid for service site.

The site claim to be a comprehensive resource for drivers. However, the Better Business Bureau have expressed concerns and indicated that the site owner(s) have shown an unwillingness to work with them to resolve consumers complaints.

The complaint history focus on deception and misrepresentation. Services they claimed to provide are links to your local DMV offices for a fee which can easily be found online by doing a google search for your local DMV.

The site owners also purchased Google and Yahoo Ads to increase it’s visibility to the public on search results thereby enticing the public to click on one of these search results that showed up above the normal searches.

Is Driver License Easy Guide Scam?

BBB Customer Complaints Summary

185 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 172 closed in last 12 months

Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 69
Billing/Collection Issues 3
Delivery Issues 2
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 111
Total Closed Complaints 185

Definitions | BBB Complaint Process | File a Complaint against Falcon Media, LLC

See Trends in Complaints on Falcon Media, LLC | View Complaints Summary by Type Pie Chart on Falcon Media, LLC

Cambridge Media Series, LLC
D/B/A Drivers-Licenses.org
1521 Alton Road, #488
Miami Beach, FL
info@Drivers-Licenses.org

(888) 242-8786
1-888-982-7936

http://www.drivers-licenses.org

Falcon Media, LLC
(888) 982-7936

scamFRAUDalert remain willing to removing this complaint if and when the site owner(s) can address these complaints.

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Youtube search result of DMV.ORG

Fake websites – Renew for FL Drivers License

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The WhoIs DMV.ORG is showing Online Guru address in California and two individuals Ravi Lahoti and Raj Lahoti as founders.

Address:

364 2nd Street, Suite #1

Encinitas, CA 92024

http://www.onlineguru.com

Phone: (858) 764-4590

Fax: (858) 430-5903

We are offering a distant job

The Purpose of this post is to ALERT you that the job you are about to apply for orscamalert may have applied FOR or is CONSIDERING APPLYING FOR is FRAUDULENT. The identities of an individual or a business entity have been stolen along with fund from their bank accounts.

These job postings are an attempt to lure you into accepting and cashing counterfeit checks into your bank accounts. You are being recruited to wire transfer these funds via WESTERN UNION or MONEYGRAM from your bank into a DOMESTIC BANK or OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNT.

Essentially You Become A Money or Repackage Mule

  1. Money Mule Explained
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  3. Protecting Yourself Against Money Mule
  4. KrebsOnSecurity – Cyberheist
  5. Washingtonpost.com by Brian Krebs
  6. Interview With A Money Mule
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*Probable originating IP address

Message-Id: <8AFA5DAAF52D0D0272D5227DA5858AFA@F7QIUSK3A>

  • job@jobusagov.com
  • info@jobusagov.com
  • offer@jobusagov.com
  • cv@jobusagov.com

We are offering a shipping manager assistant position.
We are offering a distant job.

The job routine will take 2-3 hours per day and requires absolutely no investment.
You will work with big shops, suppliers, factories all around the States.
The communication line will flow between you and your personal manager, you will receive orders via email and phone,
and our trained manager will be with you while every step to help you to work out first orders and answer any questions which may appear.
The starting salary is about ~2800 USD per month + bonuses.

You will receive first salary in 30 days after you will successfully complete your first task.
When the first working month will be over you will have a right to receive salary every 2 weeks.
The bonuses are calculated on the very last working day of each month,
and paying out during a first week of the next month.

We will accept applications this week only!
To proceed to the next step we should register you in HR system so we will need a small piece of your personal information.

Please fill in the fields:
Full_name:
Phone_number:
Email_address:
City_of_residence:

We need your personal information to create HR file only,
it will stay secure on the separate server till the moment it will be deleted (which take place every 2 days),
and only HR people will have access to it.

Please send your answer to my secured email job@jobusagov.com
I will reply you personally as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
Bert

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FTC Stops Mass Telemarketing Scam ~ First Consumers, LLC

FTC Stops Mass Telemarketing Scam That Defrauded U.S. Seniors and Others Out of Millions of Dollars

U.S. Federal Court Halts the Scam and Freezes Defendants’ Assets

For Release

March 31, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers.

On March 18, U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner issued a temporary order to halt the scam. Then, after a hearing on March 27, three defendants agreed to court-issued preliminary injunctions, and the court imposed a preliminary injunction against the final defendant, Ari Tietolman and his companies.  In shuttering the scheme, pending trial, the court found that the FTC was likely to prevail and that funds should be preserved so they can potentially be returned to the victims of the telemarketing fraud scheme.

“The defendants’ conduct in this case was simply outrageous. They targeted and called senior citizens and lied to them to get their bank account information. Then they used this information to withdraw money from their bank accounts,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Consumers can count on the FTC to be aggressive in the fight against this type of fraud”

Tietolman, the alleged leader of the telemarketing scheme, and his associates established a network of U.S. and Canadian entities to carry out their scam, according to a complaint filed by the Commission. The defendants used a telemarketing boiler room in Canada, where Tietolman lives, to cold-call seniors claiming to sell fraud protection, legal protection, and pharmaceutical benefit services. The cost for the defendants’ alleged services ranged from $187 and $397.

In some instances, the telemarketers who carried out the fraud impersonated government and bank officials, and enticed consumers to disclose their confidential bank account information to facilitate the fraud. The defendants used that account information to create checks drawn on the consumers’ bank accounts. They then deposited these “remotely created checks” into corporate accounts they established in the United States. The U.S.-based defendants then transferred the money to accounts controlled by the Canadian defendants, according to an analysis of bank records.

The FTC alleges that the defendants’ conduct violated the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule and that the telemarketing scheme drew in over $20 million dollars between May 2011 and December 2013.

The defendants’ businesses include

  • First Consumers, LLC
  • Standard American Marketing, Inc.
  • PowerPlay Industries LLC.
  • First Consumers, LLC is a Pennsylvania company formed in 2010.

Consumer complaints and bank records indicate that from at least June 2009 until June 2013, the company scammed consumers using its own name and three other names: Patient Assistance Plus, Legal Eye, and Fraud Watch.  The three other individual defendants who assisted in the scheme are U.S. nationals: Marc Ferry, Charles Borie, and Robert Barczai.

The Commission vote approving the complaint was 4-0. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The FTC received valuable help throughout this case from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

NOTE: The Commission files a complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The case will be decided by the court.

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.

Contact Information

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mitchell J. Katz
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2161

STAFF CONTACT:
David R. Spiegel
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-3281