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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has ordered the marketers of acai berry supplements, “colon cleansers,” and other products to temporarily halt an Internet sales scheme that allegedly scammed consumers out of $30 million or more in 2009 alone through deceptive...
Millions of consumers who are anxious to lose weight or prevent cancer have seen the ads: “…USE WITH CAUTION! Major weight loss in short periods of time may occur,” or “detoxify your organs,” and break down and remove “toxic waste matter which may have been stuck in the folds and wrinkles of your...
Operators charged with scamming people who did not have health insurance – the uninsured, the unemployed, and the uninsurable – have been targeted by a federal-state coalition of law enforcement agencies for fraudulently marketing “medical discount plans” as health insurance. The Federal Trade...
The Federal Trade Commission has permanently halted the operations of Canadian con artists who allegedly posed as domain name registrars and convinced thousands of U.S. consumers, small businesses and non-profit organizations to pay bogus bills by leading them to believe they would lose their Web...
WHAT: Forty-nine million Americans lack health insurance. The FTC and 20 state enforcement officials will announce a crackdown on the scammers who target the uninsured, the unemployed, and the uninsurable to peddle "medical discount plans" fraudulently marketed as health insurance. WHEN: 11 A.M.,...
Pre-paid calling cards can be a convenient way to stay in touch.  But the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, and the Federal Communications Commission, the nation’s telecommunications agency, caution that hidden costs and other problems can leave consumers with less...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that phone numbers on the national Do Not Call Registry now exceed 200 million, and that signing up for the Registry to prevent unwanted telemarketing calls is fast, free, and easy.
Eight marketers are banned from selling mortgage modification or foreclosure relief services under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC alleged that the marketers charged homeowners up-front fees and falsely claimed they could get their mortgage loans modified or prevent...
The marketers of a “Rapid Debt Reduction” program who promised to lower interest rates on credit cards – for an up-front fee of up to $899 – have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers. Under a court order settling the FTC’s case, the pitchmen have been banned from...
The Federal Trade Commission today hosted a roundtable presentation of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s just-published Consumer Policy Toolkit at FTC headquarters.  This publication will help government policy makers around the world who strive to protect and empower...
The Consumer Policy Toolkit will help government policy makers around the world who strive to protect and empower consumers in an increasingly complex global marketplace.  This roundtable discussion is open to the public. WHO: FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz U.S. Ambassador to the Organisation for...
As part of its ongoing efforts to stop bogus health claims, the Federal TradeCommission is requiring a major marketer of dietary supplements to pay $5.5 million to settle charges that it falsely advertised that its supplements could help consumers lose weight and treat or prevent colds and other...
A subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., the world’s largest food and nutrition company, has agreed to drop allegedly deceptive advertising claims about the health benefits of its children’s drink BOOST Kid Essentials, as part of a settlement resolving the Federal Trade Commission’s first case challenging...
College graduates who need temporary work while looking for full-time jobs may be interested in mystery shopping, but the FTC cautions that many mystery shopping offers are scams. It seems like an attractive proposition:  getting paid to shop or dine out, and then provide reports about the...
Scammers who prey on people eager for work have turned their attention to the Gulf oil spill.  Bogus ads for oil spill clean-up jobs in the Gulf are appearing in newspapers, online, and in e-mail inboxes.  Con artists may try to get up-front payment from job seekers, or gain access to their...
Americans report losses of more than a billion dollars a year to international scam artists, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency.  Con artists can reach out across the globe to victimize people using the phone, email, postal mail, and the Internet,...

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