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Law enforcement authorities on both sides of the border have moved to halt a Vancouver-based telemarketing scam targeting senior citizens in the United States. At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. District Court in Seattle has ordered a temporary halt to the deceptive...
Seattle, Washington-based Wade Cook Financial Corporation and Wade Cook Seminars, Inc. (collectively, "WCFC"), marketers and promoters of stock market investment seminars, have agreed to affirmatively disclose in future advertising and promotional materials their actual trading record for all of...
Office supply fraud is one of the most significant business-to-business telemarketing frauds according to the Federal Trade Commission. Industry estimates that telemarketing fraud is costing the legitimate toner industry $100 million in retail sales. "Operation Misprint," a multi-agency effort, is...
Seven subprime mortgage lenders from across the country have agreed to pay redress or be banned from making certain loans to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their lending practices violated various laws enforced by the agency. The agreements are part of the Commission's "Operation Home...
The Federal Trade Commission has negotiated a settlement agreement with Federated Department Stores that would ensure the company makes full refunds, totaling up to $8 million or more, to consumers who, having had their Federated account debts discharged in bankruptcy proceedings, continued to make...
An association of marine pilots in Oregon has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it monopolized and unreasonably restrained competition in the market for pilotage services on the Columbia River.
How to respond when the voice on the other end of the telephone claims to be raising money for police, fire fighters, children, veteran or other deserving causes is a quandary many consumers find themselves in every day. While most of the over $140 billion Americans give annually to charities...
An association of 25 automobile dealerships in five Northwest states today settled Federal Trade Commission charges of threatening to boycott Chrysler. The agency charged that the dealers planned to boycott Chrysler if the manufacturer did not agree to change its vehicle allocation system in a...
A recent federal court contempt citation has cleared the way for the final mailing of refund checks to victims who invested in an Internet pyramid scheme called Fortuna Alliance. This mailing brings to 15,622 the total number of consumers receiving refunds. The FTC's case against Fortuna returned...
In a crack down on cross border fraud, the Federal Trade Commission has obtained a court order temporarily halting a credit card laundering service that allowed Canadian telemarketers to bilk U.S. consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by deceptively selling foreign lottery shares.
The Federal Trade Commission and 50 state Attorneys General, Secretaries of State and other state charities regulators today announced, "OPERATION FALSE ALARM," an unprecedented attack against "badge-related" fundraising fraud. The joint federal/state law enforcement and public education campaign...
The Federal Trade Commission has agreed to a final stipulated judgment and permanent injunction that brings to a close its pending lawsuit against Pantron I Corporation and its owner, Hal Z. Lederman. According to the FTC, Pantron and Lederman were pioneers of the program-length commercial or "...
Consumers who lost money investing in an illegal pyramid scheme on the Internet will recover their funds, under a settlement obtained by the Federal Trade Commission and the scheme’s promoters, and Fortuna Alliance. Under the settlement, every Fortuna member is entitled to receive a refund in full...
A tenant screening and debt collection agency operating in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that prohibit the use of threatening, harassing and deceptive...
In its 12th and largest law enforcement action against fraud on the Internet, the Federal Trade Commission has obtained a federal court order temporarily halting a pyramid scheme advertised on the Internet. The FTC estimates that the scheme has already taken in over $6 million. The court’s...
A federal court judge in Nevada has granted the FTC's motion for summary judgment in the Federal Trade Commission's case against International Charity Consultants, Inc., and its cohorts, and issued a permanent injunction against eight of the defendants. These defendants had been charged by the FTC...
Two Seattle-based companies and their owners, Kurt Tripp and Ngoc Ly, have settled Federal Trade Commission allegations that they falsely represented Native American-style carvings as authentic Native-made artwork. As part of the settlement, the two individual defendants will each pay $20,000 as...

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