Telemarketing Scam Team that Targeted Spanish Speakers Banned by FTC

Telemarketing Scam Team that Targeted Spanish Speakers Banned by FTC

The defendants in a scheme that targeted Spanish-speaking consumers have been banned from telemarketing and selling weight-loss products under a new settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The settlement agreement, released March 2, comes on the heels of the FTC’s annual fraud report, which cited phone scams as one of the leading means of fraud nationwide. The agency received more than 1.5 million fraud-related complaints totaling more than $1.7 billion in 2014. Of the 46% who reported a specific method of fraudulent contact, 54% said they were initially contacted by phone. The annual report was released February 27.

Details
13th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)

The 13th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Film Line-Up

IFFLA is widely recognized as the premiere showcase for groundbreaking Indian cinema globally. Celebrating its 13th year, IFFLA will run April 8-12 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception. Festival Passes and Gala tickets are currently on sale on the festival’s website. Individual screening tickets go on sale March 20.

Details

How My African Immigrant Heritage Shaped My Life, “When I Was Your Age!”

One day I was eating dinner at the table with my family and my mom started to talk about the time she was my age, about the school she went to in Cameroon and how she worked all the way through college. She started off with this, “When I was your age, I did not wear the braids you had, I had to have my head shaved…” As she went on through her talk all I kept telling myself, “This is it. I have a few months and I am headed off to college.”

Details
Uncle Sam Wants DACA Recipients to Avoid Tax Scams

Uncle Sam Wants DACA Recipients to Avoid Tax Scams

A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of Uncle Sam.

Health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries by making them pay a penalty for not having health insurance. On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a statement clarifying that there is no such penalty for undocumented immigrants or for DACA recipients. DACA is a program announced by President Obama in 2012 that gives temporary protection against deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children.

Details
Getting a Driver’s License Is Economic Lifeline for Immigrants

Why Getting a Driver’s License Is Economic Lifeline for Immigrants

OAKLAND, Calif. – Between his full-time job as a paid caregiver and being a parent, Sonny Villar has little time for anything else, especially because of the hours he spends commuting to and from work by bus.

“It’s very, very tiring,” the Filipino native said

Now, Villar is going on line late at nights and cramming for the California driver’s license test, scheduled for March 5, so he can get behind the wheel of a car, something he has been wanting to do since he arrived in the United States in 2003.

Details