SCAMMING CHILDREN AND PARENTS – PRIME TARGETS FROM BIRTH TO COLLEGE

Successful scam artists thrive on identifying a victim’s weakness and then exploiting that area for their monetary gains. Those who are trusting or naïve are often the prime targets for these con artists. One group that fits the bill would be children, and the parents of children who would go to any links to improve the lives of their offspring.

There are many different methods scammers use to target trusting children and their frazzled parents. Whether stealing the identity of an infant or preying on the teen looking to go to college, these thieves constantly come up with new and awful ways to steal from kids and their families. Here are a few to look out for:

CHILD IDENTITY THEFT
This is a growing problem. The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a report stating that over 400,000 children are victims of identity theft every year. This number is growing at an alarming rate.

Many times parents will suddenly find themselves hounded by creditors who look to collect on defaulted credit cards and excessive bills that were accrued under their child’s name and social security number. The FTC has reported cases of this happening with children as young as eleven months old.

Hard to believe but those who find themselves tracked by down creditors looking to collect on bills in their children’s names are often the lucky ones. They know about the problem and begin the long process of fixing their child’s credit before they come of age.

One seventeen-year old recently visited the bank to open his first bank account, only to learn someone had stolen his social security number several years earlier and had defaulted on credit cards and defrauded businesses across the country under several different names. Because no one runs credit reports on youngsters, it’s easy to understand how this crime can go unrealized. Not until they look to open an account of some kind or apply for college does the spotty history of their social security number come to the young person’s attention.

And while the children pay the price, many times the blame lies with the parents’ lax attention to protecting this incredibly sensitive information. It’s important to take precautions:

Always destroy documents containing social security numbers if throwing them away. Dumpster diving is a prime way crooks steal these numbers.

Keep your computer safe with the newest anti-virus software and updates. Many Trojan programs will log keystrokes and send them back to the hackers. It’s just a matter of time before they are able to pick out the social security numbers. And a child’s is the most attractive.

Be sure the Bluetooth or Wireless network you are using is encrypted and secure. If not then all of your family’s personal information is at risk.

NEW H1N1 SCAM ON PARENTS
Most parents will do anything to ensure their children’s health. These days one can’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing about the latest health scare, and the atmosphere of fear is something the scammer will look to exploit.

Just last month the FDA issued warning about H1N1 fraudulent scams, and one of the most popular targeted the parents of infants and young children.

Parents often look to nutritional supplements as a means of boosting their child’s immune system. Some fraudulent companies are taking advantage of this, according to the FDA, and releasing products aimed at children that claim to diagnose, alleviate, treat, prevent or even cure H1N1. These products are bogus and the claims illegal.

Recently a generic alternative of Tamilflu was confiscated at the border and upon testing was found to mostly contain Vitamin C.

ACTING AND MODELING SCAMS
These scams often start with a stranger approaching a parent in the mall or some public place. They claim the kid has a “special look” and that they are an agent or manager and are pretty sure they could book the child work in the entertainment industry. They give the family their card and tell them to call and set up an appointment.

During that appointment the real scam begins. Suddenly the visit to a talent agency turns into a high-pressure sales pitch. Your child needs modeling or acting classes that they provide for several hundred to several thousand dollars. Or in order to sell you child they need to do a screen test or need to set up a professional-photo shoot for headshots.

This is all bogus. Legitimate agencies may require certain materials, but they will recommend third parties for this. These bogus companies will take your child’s picture or stick them in some expensive classes, but what they won’t do is actually book them any work.

The truth is the market for child actors, especially infants and toddlers, is very small. The truth is, because youngsters’ looks change so quickly, professional photos become quickly outdated. Infants, in particular, are never expected to have pro photos. Legitimate agents, talent scouts, and casting directors will ask for casual snapshots to market a young child. If someone is pressuring to get your kid’s picture so they can get them entertainment work, then they are most likely a scam artist.

SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID SCAMS
As a child prepares to leave the nest, many families are faced with the daunting task of coming up with the funds to send the young man or woman to college. There are plenty of scam artists out there who look to make money off of these families who are trying to save money.

While there are many legitimate scholarships available, most financial aid comes from the federal government or the colleges themselves. Scholarship finders who claim “millions of dollars in private scholarship money go unused every year” should be treated with caution. Consider, most private scholarships are funded for specific applicants with certain career interests, or members of particular church organizations. These scholarship funders are eager to get their money to qualified students, so it doesn’t make sense for them to keep them a secret.

Here are some lines to look out for, according to the FTC’s Scholarship Scams:

You can’t get this information anywhere else. – There are numerous free listings of available scholarships. A little research at your school, local library or online should give you plenty of options before you pay a third party to do so for you.

I need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship. – Be incredibly wary of anyone making such a request. Research the potential grant thoroughly and get the terms in writing. This could be a con artist looking to make an unauthorized withdrawal.

We’ll do all the work. – Don’t fall for it. There are no two ways about it; your child must be personally responsible for applying for all scholarships and grants.

You’ve been selected by a National Foundation to receive a scholarship. Or, you’re a finalist in a contest you never entered. – Before your family sends money of any kind to apply for a scholarship, check it out. Make sure the contest or foundation are legitimate and not just another company whose primary goal is collecting nominal fees from thousands of students without actually delivering any college monies.

The scholarship will cost money. – Never pay someone who claims to be “holding” a scholarship or grant for your child. Free money shouldn’t come with costs attached.

In addition, consider foregoing financial aid consultants advertising there ability to help students through the confusing financial aid process and offer tricks to beat the system. The truth is that financial aid forms are pretty straight-forward and simple. And there aren’t really any tricks to the process. A financial aid officer is looking to grant the money they have available based on their school’s award criteria. You either meet it or you don’t.

An aid officer is your strongest ally in the process, and many will view the employment of a consultant, and some of the actions they might suggest (such as moving assets around to reduce the appearance of your worth), as red flags. If they get the feeling you are deceiving them, they might consider refusing the application outright.

These are just a few of the ways the scammers try to make a living off of our children, from birth to college, while they are still under our care. Stay alert and diligent. Raising a child comes with enough built in dramas and stress of its own, don’t allow a scam artist to get the best of your family because you didn’t recognize the signs.

ADOPTION SCAMS – KEEP YOUR HEAD WHEN OPENING YOUR HOME

Scammers out there are always looking for an easy buck. The easiest targets for these con artists are often those in desperate situations who are quick to trust in the good intentions of strangers. High on the list of the most disgusting of scams are those pulled on prospective parents who are looking to expand their families through adoption.

The Edward B. Donaldson Adoption Institute reported that more adoptions take place annually than is commonly perceived or reported. The institute estimates that there are over 135,000 adoptions annually, and of those 14,000 to 15,000 are babies who are being given up voluntarily in the United States. Additionally, of the non-stepparent adoptions each year at least 26% come from abroad.

Couples looking to adopt can either work directly with a pregnant mother looking to give up her baby, or hire out the services of a facilitator or adoption agency. Both of these avenues of adoption are fraught with scam artists looking to take advantage of those who are attempting to open both their homes and their hearts.

PHONY AGENCIES AND FACILITATORS

The FBI reported six Mid-West couples looking to adopt a child were all put in touch with an Indiana woman, Victoria Farahan, who claimed she could provide healthy Russian newborn babies from Hospital 31 in Moscow. Farahan had approached the director of a local adoption ministry who had connected the woman to the willing couples.

Farahan sent the couples emails from her “trips” to Moscow. She even went so far as to provide pictures of the babies the couples were waiting to arrive any day. She collected almost $100,000 from the six pairs of potential parents. The babies never arrived, the pictures were actually of Farahan’s own children, and she had not even travelled to Russia. Victoria Farahan was found guilty of two counts of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud.

These couples lost more than money, they invested love and hope into a dream that was never going to come true. And they aren’t alone in this loss.
Law.com recently wrote of Kevin Cohen, a New York attorney who is suspected of running a Ponzi-like scheme on couples from New York to Texas. Cohen claims to have run an agency called Adoption Annex who he claims has many satisfied clients. However, a Long Island couple accused Cohen of keeping $60,000 in fees they paid him for a baby he never delivered.

Fifteen other couples from New York, Georgia, Ohio and Connecticut have recently contacted prosecutors with similar tales of Cohen using his own past as an adopted child to motivate him to promise children he took money for, but never actually provided.

Numerous couples who did not receive the children were refunded partial funds from the proceeds of newer couples he had promised babies, which prompted the Nassau County District Attorney to liken Cohen’s adoption operation to a Ponzi scheme.

Cohen is currently being held on $500,000 bail as a grand jury waits to indict while considering additional charges as prosecutors track down other possible victims.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation offers these pointers when dealing with an adoption agency or facilitator:

BACKGROUND CHECK – Most states require agencies and facilitators to be licensed. Check with the state the company does business in and make sure they are legitimate.

MEET UP – Don’t rely on the internet or State agency alone for your research. Meet with the agency or facilitator in person and ask for documentation and references.

NOTHING COMES EASY – Don’t trust agencies or facilitators who claim to have shortcuts. Treat this news with skepticism.

TAKE ACTION – Hire your own social worker to meet with and interview the birth mother. Make sure she actually exists and is willing to part with her child.

ADOPTING ABROAD – If adopting internationally, check with the US Department of State for more information and tips. Don’t rely on the word of a facilitator or agency.

BIRTH MOM SCAMS

Michael Crowley of Reader’s Digest recently reported about a young New York couple who were unable to have their own child. Eager to start a family, they posted an internet adoption listing and waited hopefully for some good news. They were quickly contacted by Belinda Ramirez of Corpus Christie, Texas. Ramirez told them she was looking to provide a good home for the unborn child she was unable to keep. They began frequent communications with the birthmother, receiving regular updates about her pregnancy and even listening over to phone to what they were told was the baby’s heartbeat recorded on a fetal monitor.

Ramirez began asking the young couple for money, claiming she was having trouble making the rent and paying the bills. They provided it without question, sending thousands of the dollars over the next few months. When it was getting close to the time of birth, they drove from New York down to Texas. Arriving in Corpus Christie, they found Ramirez had stopped answering her phone and would not return the messages they left her.

After three weeks of getting the runaround from Ramirez, the couple drove back to New York, without the baby they expected and emotionally distraught.

Eventually, they learned Ramirez was a con artist who had been stringing along up to ten couples with the same scam. She had never actually been pregnant, but had received money from all the couples for rent and bills. She had even scammed her way into receiving several Wal-Mart gift cards she claimed were for pre-natal vitamins and maternity clothing. Ramirez was eventually convicted of mail and wire fraud and sentenced to 24 months in prison without parole.

Being individuals, this class of scam artists is not as easy to research and confirm as third-party agencies. Here are some signs, according to Preciouskids.org., to look for that might indicate you are getting scammed when adopting directly from the birth mother:

CASH UPFRONT – The birth mom wants money. Not all bogus birth moms are money hungry though, some actually do it solely for the attention. If you are considering forwarding funds to the birth mother, be sure to do so through an attorney, agent or registered facilitator.

BEATING AROUND THE BUSH– The birth mother is beset by a crisis after the adoption is agreed upon. She suddenly can’t make her rent, or hints around the fact that she is having trouble feeding herself, but never directly asks for the money.

BABY DELIVERY – The birth mom shouldn’t want to bring the baby directly to adoptive parents. Most legit moms expect the adopters to come to them. Often, this is a ruse to get plane tickets when can be cashed in later for cash.

NOT FORTHCOMING – The birth mom is not at an identifiable address or telephone number. She only wants to call you. She might not want to meet with your attorney or agency and is vague about the details, or clams up when pressed to hard. She won’t provide pregnancy or other identifying information.

TALL TALES – The birth mother’s story is constantly changing. She doesn’t know who the birth father is and won’t let you contact anyone else concerning your pregnancy. Often with these scammers, the babies are either twins or a girl! Sometimes when pressed too hard, after not providing any requested information, the birth mother will claim a sudden miscarriage or hospitalization.
Adopting a child is a draining process, both emotionally and financially. Don’t let the overwhelming process lead you to try an easy way out that might sound too good to be true. Do your homework, and don’t spend your money on unverifiable promises and the hope of family to be. This moment of weakness can be the perfect opportunity for a craven scam artist to dash your dreams and take your hard-earned money.
If looking to adopt abroad, check with the Department of State for further information:
http://adoption.state.gov/

If you think you have been the victim of an adoption scam artist, contact the FBI’s Office for Victims Assistance:
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/victimassist/home.htm

IF YOU HAVENT GOT A GENIE IN A BOTTLE THEN YOU WILL WANT THE NEXT BEST—MAMA’S MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

One of our Staff members came to us excited as a kid in a toy store. The guy was recently introduced to a fantastic product. THE TALKING BABY BOTTLE.

Yes— a talking baby bottle, and it works. With this novel invention every Mom can be with their child while they are at their office, shopping or traveling miles away.

This Special product is product safe, simple to use and easy to handle. We have attached to this Report that will be released on Scams Inc Home Page on 1-30-12, the Video and web Site relating to this much needed invention that the creators have received a Patent from the US Patent Office.

What is great about this fantastic item is that the child will hear the mothers actual voice while mom is working and baby is feeding.

The product is planned be mass marketed as a yet undisclosed price but we are told it will be more than reasonable and based on what we see aught to be in every home of mothers who work.

Interviews with pediatric doctors confirm that this Talking Baby Bottle product can be of important assistance to the babys development. The child has the comfort of listening to mom’s ‘soothing-voice’ while she is miles away.

So take a few minutes and watch the YouTube Video of the ‘Talking-Baby-Bottle’ and review the web-site ‘Mama’s Message in a Bottle’—-both of which we attach Links at the conclusion of this Report when posted on ths Scams Inc Home Page on Jan. 30, 2012—–stay tuned–

Mama’s Message in a Bottle – Official Website

Mama’s Message in a Bottle – YouTube Video

GWEN BALL AND HUSBAND DAVID SHROUD AND ENABLE DRUG ABUSE ENGAGED IN BY HER DAUGHTERS AND FRIENDS

Gwen Ball is a supposed Mississippi social butterfly, but it is all a front for a sick disjointed family.

Mrs Ball has shrouded her husbands drug addictions for years. David Ball is now ‘retired’ but a review of his prescription book reveals a very different story. David is issuing ‘prescriptions to persons in California and elsewhere without even seeing the individual. OK with Gwen who covers up these illegal acts with cash and social ‘BS’.

Now Gwen has 3 children now adult. Her son is and has been in ‘rehab’ often as a drug abuser. Her daughter Sarah, a supposed photographer is a chronic drug-abuser, and a sex pervert who has contaminated many. Gwen’s other daughter Rachel is a drunk and a drug abuser who has been arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles.

Gwen’s response is to attack the parents of her adult drug induced kids as a smpkescreen cover-up of her childrens drug and other crimes in California and beyond.

Sarah Ball’s drug abuses became public when the elite girls school Miss Porters in Farmington Conn. found drugs in Sarah’s posession and caught Sarah inducing other ‘Porter-Girls using drugs at the School late PM in the back yards of the sports field.

Sarah was about to be kicked out but the parents of Sarahs victims intervined to avoid a scandall and Sarah was saved.

Now the Ball girls have induced and seduced others while Mrs. Gwen covers their transgressions as a drug enabler and by concocting the best defense as a offense.

Gwen Ball has been warned to cease her meddeling and covering her families drug abuses that have wrecked others lives. Gwen Ball is sadly a blind woman hiding her own misdeeds of mothering three drug abusing children. It is time that Gwen faces the real world.

What can parents do to aid a narcotics abusing addicted family member, a son, a daughter, a loved one?

One of the worst diseases to hit a family is substance abuse, as there is no cure—

Worse there are parasites that prey on addicts misusing these weak sick people robbing their money, emotions using them to commit crimes and other illicit acts including rob family members, forge and steal—-

The disease is progressive and kills about as many victims as cancer and heart disease every day———

Then there are the ‘enablers’ the pathetic family loved ones who will not face the disease and stokes it with money so the addict can continue to fund their habits and disease until they end their lives or hit their bottom and get help—

And do not delude yourself the disease of substance abuses is hereditary—–

And this disease ruins homes lives and puts people in prison every day—–

Families, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives are helpless as the only cure is the addict themselves——and they can be very cunning as to the addictions when it relates to the medley of mood altering prescription drugs and cocaine ——-so what can families do that are mutilated by the reckless acts of the addict.

These addicts will lie, steal, rob, sell their bodies and worse for a fix—

We have been contacted by many families who are desperate for guidance as these addicts are targets for scams, swindles, thefts and interaction with the corrupt and swindlers —the addict is preyed upon by these criminals as they are easy prey—–

The result is the fracturing of a home and emotional and financial loss and suffering——-

We have seen the dastardly acts of corrupt lawyers, promoters and swindlers who have raped the addicts supplied drugs and manipulated and plundered the addict and the addict’s family——

Scams Inc has asked its reporters to interview Hazelton Rehabilitation Center in Oregon and Betty Ford Clinic in California.

We have learned much about the disease and the liars and thieves who prey on the addicted for unjust financial gain and we have learned about the many who blind themselves as to their family members addictions and stupidly finance the disease out of weakness and stupidity.

Scams Inc has assembled a number of case histories that we will be reporting on in the hopes that the addicts will seek professional help and guidance at Hazelton or Betty Ford.

We hope that the expose of the despicable who have preyed on these addicts will be exposed as the thieves that they are——

Finally there are the desperate and despicable supposed mental doctors who also prey on the addict and who prescribe mood altering drugs that fuel the disease—including prescription marijuana.

Scams Inc, in this expose, on drug addiction will name all names we have verified including the culprits who have robbed, plundered and stoked the addict’s disease to further the crooks’ self-indulgences whether sex, money, power or worse.

We have assembled and will be exposing many names. We have confirmed the corrupt actions of these parasites and how these sociopaths ruin lives and fracture families. All of this and more we will be laying out in detail and which we will also be submitting to Hazelton for their publications———stay tuned.