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Asst Attorney General
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NC Department of
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Raleigh, NC 27602
919-716-6000

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To NC Senior Consumer Fraud Task Force Members

******Alert #256******

A federal judge in Oakland, California has temporarily shut down and imposed an asset freeze upon several companies and four of their corporate officers for allegedly sending deceptive mailings to consumers suggesting that they had won or were likely to win sweepstakes contests. The mailings ask recipients to submit personal information plus a processing fee in the $20 range. Law enforcement agencies long have warned that responding to such mailings can get seniors on the target lists of mail and telephone scammers.

The corporate defendants named in the case are as follows:

National Awards Service Advisory, LLC,a Nevada limited liability corporation that also does business as Prize Information Bureau and Award Notification Bureau.The company reportedly is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Central Processing of Nevada, LLC, a Nevada limited liability corporation that also does business as Publishers Information Bureau and Consumer Reporting Services. It is reportedly based in Las Vegas.

International Award Advisors, Inc., a Delaware corporation reportedly based in Huntington Station, New York.

Spectrum Caging Services, Inc., a New York corporation reportedly based in Massapequa, New York.

Prize Registry Bureau, Inc., a Nevada corporation reportedly based in Las Vegas.

Consolidated Data Bureau, Inc., a Nevada corporation that allegedly does business as Data Distribution Bureau. It is reportedly based in Las Vegas.

Registered Data Analytics, Inc., a Nevada corporation reportedly based in Las Vegas.

Lloyd Brannigan Exchange, Inc., a Nevada corporation reportedly based in Las Vegas.

Some of the companies are accused of creating the impression that they are affiliated with state government officials or agencies in California, Florida, Georgia or Illinois. A hearing is scheduled for today on whether the temporary restraining order and asset freezes should remain in place pending trial. The Federal Trade Commission, which brought the case, states that the defendantsí mailings employed a variety of company names in addition to the ones listed above. More information on the case is available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/12/prizeinfo.shtm

******End of Alert******

Date: December 15, 2010

David N. Kirkman
Assistant Attorney General
Task Force Alerts Chair
Consumer Protection Division
Office of Attorney General Roy Cooper
9001 Mail Processing Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Tel. 919-716-6000

 

 

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