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A data broker operation sold the sensitive personal information of hundreds of thousands of consumers – including Social Security and bank account numbers – to scammers who allegedly debited millions from their accounts, the Federal Trade Commission charged in a complaint filed today.
Two companies that market skin care and weight-loss products must stop making false or unsubstantiated deceptive claims about their products, under settlements resolving charges in two separate cases brought by the Federal Trade Commission.
Un concesionario de carros que opera una franquicia en el área suburbana de Dallas aceptó resolver los cargos presentados por la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC) por publicar anuncios engañosos para promocionar la venta y operaciones de leasing de sus vehículos, incluyendo un anuncio que hacía...
An auto dealer in suburban Dallas has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive ads to promote the sale and lease of its vehicles, including an ad that claimed consumers could get out of their current loan or lease for $1.
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission sent a letter to a China-based developer of mobile applications directed to children, warning that the company may be in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.
The defendants in two online business directory schemes, one based in Montreal, the other in Oklahoma City, have been banned from the business directory business under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. Both operations were charged with defrauding small businesses and nonprofits by...
Note: A conference call for media with FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich, FCC Enforcement Bureau Director Travis LeBlanc and Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell will occur as follows: Date: Dec. 19, 2014 Time: 1 p.m. ET Call-in: (800) 230-1951, confirmation number...
One of the defendants behind a massive landline cramming operation that placed more than $70 million in unauthorized charges on consumers’ phone bills has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges against him.
A Florida-based scammer will be banned from the mortgage modification business as part of a settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission charges that he tricked financially strapped consumers into paying for mortgage-relief services that he never provided. “Years after the economic meltdown, the...
The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against two auto dealer groups, operating in five states with more than two dozen retail stores, for civil penalties for violations of FTC administrative orders, which prohibit them from deceptively advertising the cost of buying or leasing a car. “If...
Case Is Second Settlement with Marketers of HCG Products this Year
A federal court has entered orders against 22 defendants who offered financially strapped consumers fake home-loan modification services that the FTC claims violated the FTC Act and the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule. The MARS Rule bans mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 477,083 refund checks totaling $26,023,329 this week to consumers who bought the sprinkle-on weight-loss supplement Sensa. They are legitimate refund checks, and must be cashed within 60 days of the date they are issued, or will become void.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving FTC allegations that Google, Inc., unfairly billed consumers for in-app charges incurred by children without their parents’ consent.
FTC charges that PaymentsMD and its former CEO used the sign-up process for a “Patient Portal” -- where consumers could view their billing history -- as a pathway to deceptively seek consumers’ consent to obtain detailed medical information about the consumers.
The proposed order requires Sony to send email notifications to all consumers it can reasonably identify as having bought a PS Vita before June 1, 2012.
Following a public comment period and review of AgeCheq, Inc.’s initial proposed Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule verifiable parental consent method, the Federal Trade Commission has denied the company’s application. 
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking supplemental public comments on proposed changes to the agency’s Used Car Rule and the Used Car Buyers Guide that the Rule requires dealers to display. The Commission is not adopting any final amendments to the Rule at this time.
The defendants in a federal court action brought by the FTC have agreed to stop operating an advance fee recovery scheme for the duration of the on-going litigation. The FTC seeks to permanently stop the operation, which in the past year took close to $1.3 million from consumers, many of them...
The Federal Trade Commission has completed its review of the Retail Food Store Advertising and Marketing Practices Rule (the Unavailability Rule) and will keep it in its current form. The Unavailability Rule, issued in 1971, prohibits retail food stores from advertising prices for food, grocery...

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