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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has temporarily halted a sweepstakes operation based in Fort Lauderdale that took more than $28 million from consumers throughout the United States and other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks totaling $16,428.74 to consumers harmed by an operation that used deception and threats to collect payday loan “debts” the consumers did not owe.
The Federal Trade Commission has obtained a court order temporarily halting a Glendale, California, operation  that allegedly used millions of illegal spam emails, along with false weight-loss claims and fake, unauthorized endorsements from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, to market its unproven...
Defendants are charged with illegally using threats and intimidation tactics to coerce consumers
The Federal Trade Commission has halted two Canada-based schemes that defrauded small businesses and nonprofits in the United States by billing them for unwanted listings in online “yellow pages” business directories.OnlineYellowPagesToday.comThe owner of a Montreal-based operation that bilked...
Company pitched snuggies and other products on TV, often billing consumers without their consent
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...
Note: Steve Baker, Director of the FTC’s Midwest Region Office, will take reporters’ questions by phone: Date: October 29, 2014 Time: 2 p.m. ETCall-in: (800) 230-1951, confirmation number 341247Call-in lines, for news media only, will open at 1:45 p.m.
A series of defendants will pay approximately $10 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that they operated a massive scam that sent unwanted text messages to millions of consumers, many of whom later received illegal robocalls, phony “free” merchandise offers, and unauthorized...
A sweepstakes operator that took millions of dollars from consumers throughout the United States and dozens of other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Japan, is banned from the prize promotion business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
The Federal Trade Commission has halted two health care scams that were designed to trick consumers into paying for phony “discount” cards, which the scammers falsely claimed would provide consumers with health insurance, or help them pay for prescription drugs.
An email spammer and his company will pay $350,000 to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that they sent deceptive emails in advance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) roll-out, falsely claiming that consumers would be violating the law if they did not immediately click a link to enroll in...
Join the Federal Trade Commission, the offices of the Attorneys General of Illinois, Kentucky and Iowa, the U.S. Department of Justice, legal services attorneys and other consumer advocates, and state and federal consumer protection officials at this free event to discuss issues...
Join the Federal Trade Commission, the Illinois Attorney General, the offices of the Attorney General from Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri, legal services attorneys and other consumer advocates, and state and federal consumer protection officials at this free event to discuss...
New Federal Trade Commission actions have stopped three Montreal-based telemarketing operations that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from small businesses, churches, nonprofits and local government agencies by charging them for unwanted listings in online “yellow pages” directories. In...
The Federal Trade Commission added new charges of mobile cramming to a complaint the agency previously filed against a group of scammers who allegedly sent millions of unwanted text messages and robocalls to consumers.
Phil Flora, the operator of a text message spamming operation that sent more than 29 million text messages to consumers promising “free” $1,000 Walmart and Best Buy gift cards, has been ordered to pay $148,309 for his involvement in the scam.  Flora, who resides in Orange County, California, has...
Bajo los términos de un acuerdo resolutorio con la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) y los estados de Illinois, Kentucky y Carolina del Norte, los operadores de un esquema piramidal con base en Kentucky, que en los últimos cuatro años inscribieron a más de 350,000...
The operators must also surrender assets totaling at least $7.75 million, which will be returned to consumers.
The head of an operation that enabled telemarketers to make illegal robocalls, call phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and mask Caller ID information, is permanently banned from telemarketing and robocalling under a settlement with the federal government.

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