myfinancialgoals.org not trusted: SPAM alert

Disturbed Citizen has received complaints of a spammer passing off as a Financial planning website. The website myfinancialgoals.org has be reported for spam posting to misc. websites. American Financial Solutions, the owner of myfinancialgoals.org, is supposedly a non-profit credit counseling and financial education agency, but due to their marketing tactics, we suggest extreme caution.

Typically spammers do not offer quality content and at times are gateways for malicious and possibly criminal activities. Our advice is to avoid any and all websites that market using spam.

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If you are a designer, boycott Getty Images

It seems as though Getty images has turned their legal department into a revenue generating business arm. Using intimidation, Getty Images has scoured the web looking for small business websites that have used unlicensed images from their collections and then demanded large settlements or threatening legal action. Getty Images is preying off small business owners who do not have a clear understanding of their rights and fear negative publicity associated with their business in such a rough economy. The now infamous Getty Images Settlement Demand Letters are certainly a legal grey area, but the company has found that it can make a killing by extorting small business owners with settlement demands. The company does not issue a cease and desist letter, rather it claims that “damage has already been done.”

Designers, there are other options out there. Please note that Getty Images owns iStockphoto. We are asking designers to:

Boycott Getty Images

For those of you that are currently facing problems of extortion by Getty Images we ask that you band together and Tweet, blog and call both local and state officials for help.

Also, we found this page to be quite useful as well. It provides some background on the issue: http://extortionletterinfo.com/

520-360-2652, Reported SPAM Phone number

The phone number 520-360-2652 has been reported numerous times as a SPAM phone number.  The call is a robo-call that contains a message “RACHAEL at CARDHOLDER SERVICES.”

Additionally, calls from RACHAEL at CARDHOLDER SERVICES and 520-360-2652 have ignored the National US No Call (do not call) list.

This company makes it difficult to know the company behind the services, and as a result should be considered not trust-worthy and SPAM-provider. We highly recommend reporting such calls to your provider and local representative. Potentially, this company could be engaged in criminal activities as they are not transparent and inaccessible.

Spam alert: (207) 766-7616

We have received complaints that (207) 766-7616 is a phone number used for making SPAM robo calls.

ROBO SPAM calls have been made using this phone number against consumers with numbers listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.

We have traced the number to a carrier in Maine:

Carrier: OMNIPOINT MIAMI E LICENSE, LLC
Located in: CUMBERLAND, ME
Business location: According to public record from Corporate Wiki: The company issuing SPAM phone call services is located:
Omnipoint Miami E License, LLC
12920 SE 38th St Bellevue, WA 98006

Below: Origin of call: CUMBERLAND, ME (Maine)

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