Feb 20

By Clouded Titles

WFTV-TV is reporting that Osceola County, Florida homeowners who feel they were victimized by a fraudulent foreclosure have been told by Florida 9th Circuit State Attorney Jeff Ashton to file a formal complaint with the Osecola County, Florida Sheriff’s Department. The news piece comes in the wake of a release of a 738-page (not including table of contents or 15 cases of certified exhibits) report involving a Forensic Examination of the real property and court records commissioned by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Osceola County, Florida, Armando Ramirez.

The first of what is expected to be many of the victims are expected to head to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department and file a formal complaint against their foreclosing lender, asserting complaints of fraudulent documents and other issues. [read more]


Feb 20

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Feb 19

By Liz Neporent – ABC News

The next time you lose your keys or bomb a test, try blaming it on a virus. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Nebraska have discovered a virus that makes you just a little bit dumber.

The scientists stumbled upon the previously unknown “stupidity virus” in the throat cultures of healthy subjects during a completely unrelated experiment. The 44 percent of people who tested positive for the virus performed 7 to 9 points lower on IQ tests that measured attention span and how fast and accurately people process visual information.

When the Nebraska researchers injected the virus into the digestive systems of mice, same thing. The rodents blundered around mazes, appeared flummoxed by new toys and seemed oblivious to new entry ways in and out of their cages. In short, they acted a tiny bit stupider than the average mouse. [read more]


Feb 18

By Norwalk Reflector Staff – Norwalk Reflector

Ohio Attorney General DeWine today announced a lawsuit against a Buffalo, New York, debt collector accused of impersonating Ohio government agencies and threatening consumers with arrest while attempting to collect debts.

The lawsuit accuses Nationwide Recovery Group LLC and its owner, Michael P. McCarthy, of violating the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, the business impersonated various government and law enforcement agencies, including the clerk of courts’ offices in Greene County, Cuyahoga County, and Montgomery County, in addition to county sheriff deputies and a court investigator.

The case began after Greene County Clerk of Courts Terri A. Mazur alerted the Ohio Attorney General’s Office about a report from a resident who received a threatening call purportedly from the clerk of court’s office.

An investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office found that Nationwide Recovery Group spoofed (or altered) consumers’ caller IDs to falsely display the real phone numbers of government agencies, including the clerk of courts’ number. It also threatened consumers with arrest or legal action if they failed to pay a debt immediately. [read more]


Feb 17

By Herb Weisbaum – NBC News

Bill collectors have upped their game. They’ve added social media to their arsenal of tools. That’s right, they’re on Facebook, too!

“Normally, collectors use social media to locate people or see if there are any assets that might be collectable,” notes Joel Winston with the Federal Trade Commission. “But we have received a few complaints about collectors who are using social media to either impersonate the person’s friends or otherwise use it for harassment.”

For debt collectors who don’t want to play by the rules, social media can be a powerful way to badger someone. They can post messages that let the world know you owe a debt — a clear violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Florida attorney Billy Howard, head of the consumer protection department at the law firm of Morgan & Morgan, calls social media “a dangerous weapon” that some debt collectors use to deliberately harass people.

“They’re using Facebook because it adds that extra shock value. The more shocking, the more harassing, the more outrageous, the more these debt collectors get paid,” Howard says. “What makes it so dangerous is you can contact somebody’s family and friends very quickly and very easily, and you can set off a domino effect of panic that can be devastating.” [read more]


Feb 16

By Clouded Titles

WFTV-TV is reporting that Osceola County, Florida homeowners who feel they were victimized by a fraudulent foreclosure have been told by Florida 9th Circuit State Attorney Jeff Ashton to file a formal complaint with the Osecola County, Florida Sheriff’s Department. The news piece comes in the wake of a release of a 738-page (not including table of contents or 15 cases of certified exhibits) report involving a Forensic Examination of the real property and court records commissioned by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Osceola County, Florida, Armando Ramirez.

The first of what is expected to be many of the victims are expected to head to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department and file a formal complaint against their foreclosing lender, asserting complaints of fraudulent documents and other issues. [read more]