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The Federal Trade Commission has released its final agenda for a June 25 workshop in Chicago that will examine scams involving cryptocurrencies.
The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop in Chicago on June 25 to examine scams involving cryptocurrencies.The “Decrypting Cryptocurrency Scams” workshop will bring together consumer groups, law enforcement, research organizations, and the private sector to explore how scammers are...
As consumer interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin has grown, scammers have reportedly become more active in this area.  Reported scams include deceptive investment and business opportunities, bait-and-switch schemes, and deceptively marketed mining machines. The FTC has continued...
The Federal Trade Commission is alerting consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, that they can now file a claim to get their money back by going
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court temporarily halted a New York-based office supply scheme that charged small businesses and non-profit organizations millions of dollars for “free” samples of cleaning and other products. The agency seeks to end the defendants’ illegal...
The Federal Trade Commission has obtained a court order against two men for their roles in an alleged scheme that lured consumers with fake rental property ads and deceptive promises of “free” credit reports into signing up for a costly credit monitoring service. The two settling defendants will...
The operators of two tech support scams have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they tricked consumers into believing their computers were infected with viruses and malware, and then charged them hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs.The defendants will be permanently...
Due to logistical issues, today’s previously scheduled announcement of a major coordinated consumer fraud enforcement initiative by the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General has been postponed and rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. CT (11:30 a.m. ET) on Friday, Oct. 13. Details of the...
La Comisión Federal de Comercio y el Fiscal General de Illinois patrocinarán una conferencia de prensa en Chicago, Illinois a las 10:30 a.m., hora del Centro, del día miércoles 11 de octubre para anunciar una iniciativa coordinada de gran envergadura para combatir el fraude a los consumidores. Los...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General will host a press conference in Chicago, Illinois at 10:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 11 to announce a major coordinated consumer fraud enforcement initiative. Senior officials from the FTC and the Office of the Illinois Attorney...
As part of its ongoing crackdown against tech support scams, the Federal Trade Commission has obtained settlements with a group of St. Louis-based defendants who used deceptive Internet pop-up ads to trick consumers into buying unnecessary technical support services.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Office of the Attorney General, a federal district court judge has entered eight orders against an intertwined web of Orlando-based individuals and companies that bombarded consumers with illegal robocalls from “Card Member Services,”...
The Federal Trade Commission, along with federal, state and international law enforcement partners, today announced “Operation Tech Trap,” a nationwide and international crackdown on tech support scams that trick consumers into believing their computers are infected with viruses and malware, and...
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...
The Western Union Company (Western Union), a global money services business headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, has agreed to forfeit $586 million and enter into agreements with the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices of the Middle District of...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged Credit Bureau Center LLC and three individuals with luring consumers with fake rental property ads and deceptive promises of “free” credit reports into signing up for a costly credit monitoring service.At the FTC’s request, a federal court temporarily halted...
El 5 de diciembre de 2016, la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) patrocinará una mesa redonda que se llevará a cabo en Chicago que reunirá a líderes de organizaciones latinas del área de Chicagopara debatir sobre el fraude contra los consumidores y su impacto...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a roundtable on December 5 in Chicago that will bring together leaders of Chicago-area Latino organizations to discuss consumer fraud and its disproportionate impact on Latino communities.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 285,361 checks totaling more than $3.7 million to people who lost money to Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM), a pyramid scheme whose operators were banned from multi-level marketing under a settlement with the FTC and the states of Illinois, Kentucky and North...
Join the Federal Trade Commission as we bring together directors, program managers, and leaders of organizations in the Chicagoland area to discuss consumer fraud and its disproportionate impact on Latino communities. The FTC will introduce its law enforcement and outreach efforts to...

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