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Two Oregon-based media production companies and their owner have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively pitched “exclusive” advertising placements to small businesses and misled them about when the ads would be printed and distributed. The stipulated court order...
In February 2020, two Oregon-based media production companies and their owner agreed to settle FTC charges that they deceptively pitched “exclusive” advertising placements to small businesses and misled them about when the ads would be printed and distributed. The order settling the...
Top picks, star ratings, in-depth reviews. Many consumers don’t buy anything without consulting third-party review sites or checking out the opinions of other customers. But how often are those ratings the product of buying and selling between the “independent” site and companies...
The FTC entered into a settlement with the operators of LendEDU.com to resolve allegations that LendEDU falsely claimed that the website provided “objective,” “accurate,” and “unbiased” information about consumer financial products, such as student loans, personal loans, and credit...
When people report scams, deceptive practices, or identity theft, the FTC and other members of the Consumer Sentinel Network regularly use that data for law enforcement purposes. But now we’re examining the information in innovative and interactive ways – and you can, too. The FTC...
Join experts from the FTC, the Identity Theft Resource Center, and others for an #IDTheftChat on Twitter. We’ll offer tips on protecting yourself from tax identity theft and government imposters and respond to questions. 3:00 p.m. ET
The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center co-host a 30-minute Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week webinar on government imposter scams. We’ll talk about IRS, Social Security Administration, and U.S. Census Bureau imposters, red flag warnings, how to protect yourself, and how to...
On Wednesday, February 5, at 10 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET, AARP, the FTC and the U.S. Treasury Department host two telephone Town Hall meetings. Learn how tax identity theft and government impostor scams happen, the red-flag warnings, and what to do if fraud happens to you. We’re holding...
Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Information: Practical Data Security Practices for Your Business. Experts from the FTC and IRS discuss:Protecting your business, customers, and employees against tax identity theftImposter scams that target small businessesPractical...
The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center co-host two 30-minute Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week webinars. The first webinar, on February 3, focuses on identity theft, its impact on victims, tax identity theft, and recovering from identity theft. The second webinar, on February...
The FTC, Veterans Administration and U.S. Postal Inspection Service co-host a webinar on identity theft, tax identity theft, and government imposter scams, how to protect yourself, and how to recover if fraud happens to you. The program – open to the public – will include scam...
The operators of a bogus credit repair scheme are banned from the credit repair business and subject to a wide array of other requirements under settlement terms with the Federal Trade Commission.
They say hindsight is 20/20, but what about foresight? We’re not ones to prognosticate, but a look at notable FTC cases and initiatives from the past year suggests some topics likely to be top of mind in months to come. Here is a non-exhaustive list of issues in our 2019 rearview...
The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission in a case against the operators of a scheme that deceived financially distressed homeowners by falsely promising to make their mortgages more affordable.  The defendants also charged consumers...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have extended the deadline to submit comments on issues affecting the accuracy of consumer reports until January 31, 2020.
Everyone wants to save money at the pump. And no one wants to cut fuel costs more than companies – including many small businesses – that are in the trucking industry or have company cars. The FTC just filed a complaint alleging that Georgia-based FleetCor Technologies has made...
The Federal Trade Commission’s complaint against FleetCor, a company that sells fuel card services to businesses, alleges that it has charged customers at least hundreds of millions of dollars in hidden fees after making false promises about helping customers save on fuel costs. The...

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