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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted a Georgia-based operation from using deception and threats to collect $3.5 million in phantom payday loan “debts” that consumers didn’t owe pending trial.
If you’re trying to make ends meet, here’s a pitch that might catch your interest: “Convert tomorrow’s pension checks into hard cash today.” Sound tempting? Think again. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, advises consumers that pension advances, also known as...
Cosmetics company L’Oréal USA, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising about its Lancôme Génifique and L’Oréal Paris Youth Code skincare products. According to the FTC’s complaint, L’Oréal made false and unsubstantiated claims that its Génifique and...
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders that settle charges against 14 companies for falsely claiming to participate in the international privacy framework known as the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor. Three of the companies were also charged with similar...
A Houston debt collection company, RTB Enterprises, Inc., which does business as Allied Data Corporation, and Raymond T. Blair, its president and sole shareholder, have agreed to a federal court order prohibiting them from the allegedly deceptive tactics they have been using to bully English and...
Una compañía de cobranza de deudas de Houston, que hace negocio como Allied Data Corporation, y Raymond T. Blair, su único directivo y accionario, han aceptado los términos de una sentencia federal que les prohíbe incurrir en las tácticas engañosas que presuntamente han estado utilizando para...
The Federal Trade Commission halted the allegedly deceptive practices of two schemes that targeted consumers hoping to succeed through home-based businesses. The defendants behind both operations have agreed to settlements that will prohibit future misconduct, and in the Tax Club case, they will...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order settling charges that the home security company ADT LLC misrepresented that paid endorsements from safety and technology experts who appeared as guests on news programs and talk shows were...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal judge has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of an operation that swindled Spanish-speaking consumers across the country by routinely sending unordered or defective products, including a phony weight-loss belt, and then making it difficult...
For the second time this year, the Federal Trade Commission has settled charges that a company that markets plastic lumber and related products misled consumers regarding the environmental attributes of its products. Under the FTC proposed settlement, the company, American Plastic Lumber, Inc. (...
A Texas-based company owned and operated by a husband and wife team has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal law by lying to consumer reporting agencies, often referred to as “credit bureaus,” and charging consumers up-front fees before providing its services...
FTC’s most recent fraud study shows that more consumers were victims of fraudulent weight-loss claims than of any other specific fraud type covered by the survey.
The Federal Trade Commission is looking to expand the technological arsenal that can be used in the battle against illegal phone spammers by challenging DEF CON 22 attendees to build the ultimate “honeypot” to lure in and identify perpetrators of illegal robocalls. A robocall honeypot is an...
The operators of a massive mobile cramming scheme have agreed to surrender more than $10 million in assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges, including the contents of numerous bank accounts; real estate in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Chicago; and a number of cars and pieces of jewelry.
Two affiliate-marketing scammers and their company have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they sent millions of unwanted text messages to consumers across the U.S. with false promises of $1,000 gift cards to retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a variety of proposed changes to its Energy Labeling Rule affecting labels for light bulbs, appliances, room air conditioners, ceiling fans, refrigerators, and furnaces.
A payment processing company agreed to pay or relinquish $1.1 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges under the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) that it knowingly assisted and facilitated a credit card interest rate reduction scam that bilked tens of thousands of consumers out of a total...
A Pennsylvania-based home builder that offers home financing has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by advertising low-cost mortgages while hiding fees and not disclosing vital information about the true cost of the mortgages. “These defendants tricked consumers...
Supplement marketers i-Health, Inc. and Martek Biosciences Corporation have agreed to settle FTC charges of deceptive advertising for claiming that their BrainStrong Adult dietary supplement will improve adult memory and prevent cognitive decline.
In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, a federal appeals court has upheld a district court ruling that BurnLounge, a multi-level marketing business, and several associated individuals, operated a pyramid scheme causing millions of dollars of consumer harm.

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