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If you make promises to consumers, you must honor them – and if you sign an FTC order, you must comply with it. That’s the lesson learned by Upromise, a college savings website, which must pay $500,000 for violating its existing FTC order.Not familiar with Upromise? It offers free...
A membership reward service called Upromise, aimed at consumers trying to save for college, will pay a $500,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the terms of a Federal Trade Commission order requiring the company to make disclosures about its data collection and use and to...
Three Florida-based affiliate marketers charged with using illegal spam e-mail, false weight-loss claims, and phony celebrity endorsements to market bogus weight-loss products will pay $500,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. The court order resolving the FTC’s allegations also...
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment to the Nebraska Senate on proposed legislation that would reduce or eliminate licensure requirements for certain occupations in Nebraska.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 561 checks totaling more than $148,000 to people who lost money to Payday Support Center, a debt relief scheme that targeted people with outstanding payday loans. The defendants are banned from promoting or selling debt relief services under a federal court...
Threats of imprisonment, warnings about extortion, and a security team allegedly comprised of ex-Israeli Special Ops trained in Krav Maga? It sounds like an action-packed movie plot, but it’s all related to a complaint filed by the FTC. And you’ll never guess the nature of the...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged the operators of an invention-promotion scam, World Patent Marketing, with deceiving consumers and suppressing complaints about the company by using threats of criminal prosecution against dissatisfied customers.At the FTC’s request, a federal court...
Sage Automotive Group – nine Los Angeles-based auto dealerships, their holding and management companies, and two individuals – has agreed to pay more than $3.6 million for return to consumers in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive and unfair sales and financing...
Businesses often ask: “If I comply with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, am I complying with what the FTC requires?” Maybe you read our blog explaining how the NIST Cybersecurity Framework relates to the FTC’s work on data security? Now, check out this related video featuring Andrea...
The operators of a telemarketing scheme charged with bilking millions of dollars from consumers, many of whom are seniors or military veterans on fixed income, will pay approximately $7.5 million in consumer redress under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
The Federal Trade Commission will host its third FinTech forum on Thursday, March 9 in Berkeley, California, focusing on artificial intelligence and blockchain. The event is free and open to the public. It will be webcast live at https://www.youtube.com/citris/live. More details can be found on the...
According to a settlement announced by the FTC, a Texas-based company used misleading Made in USA claims to push its pulleys. Read on for an ironic object lesson related to a specific pulley component engraved with the phrase “Made in USA.”
A Texas-based distributor of pulley block systems will stop making misleading unqualified claims that its products are made in the United States, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
The Federal Trade Commission told the House Small Business Committee today that the agency is committed to protecting consumers and educating small businesses on ways to keep consumer data secure.Testifying on behalf of the Commission, Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen outlined the Commission’s...
Financial technology remains a hot topic for consumers, offering the possibilities of increased convenience and access to financial services at a lower cost. As part of its FinTech Forum series, the FTC continues to promote public discussion of the ways in which innovative FinTech...

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