Phantom debt scams big in 2014

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Our annual compilation of the top scams reported to is out! Based on analysis of 10,000+ complaints, our newest warning is to be on the lookout for the gaining-in-popularity “phantom debt” scams.

Con artists contact consumers claiming to be collecting on an unpaid debt. The debt may be bogus, but the high-pressure tactics are intimidating. Consumers are threatened with jail time, legal action, or other consequences. In 2013, it was the fastest-growing scam, and last year, it rose to the #4 spot!

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Tracking Food Fraud

For decades, NCL has tracked trends about the Internet and telemarketing scams plaguing consumers through its Fraud Center and But there's another kind of fraud on the rise, and you'll find it in your grocery store: food fraud.