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The operators of a Tampa, Florida-based payday loan broker scheme have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely promised to help consumers get loans, but instead used consumers’ personal financial data to take money from their bank accounts without their consent.
If there’s one theme that runs through decades of FTC law, it’s that companies need consumers’ informed consent to bill their accounts. That was true in the early days of mail order. It carried through to online shopping. And it remains the law for mobile devices, including in-app...
FTC’s lawsuit seeks a court order requiring refunds to consumers for the unauthorized charges...
The Federal Trade Commission, along with more than 30 public and private sector organizations, are collaborating to provide military consumers with free resources about managing their money, avoiding scams, and dealing with identity theft in celebration of the second annual Military Consumer...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling $499,701.84 to 229 consumers who paid the Lucas Law Center an advance fee for mortgage loan modifications the company falsely claimed it would obtain for them.
It was an all-too-common occurrence.  People’s mobile phone bills included unexplained – and unauthorized – monthly charges.  It’s called cramming and the FTC has brought a series of cases against companies that had fees for ringtones, horoscopes, “love tips,” etc., placed on cell...
En una demanda presentada hoy, la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés), está acusando a la compañía T-Mobile USA, Inc. de ganar cientos de millones de dólares colocando cargos en las facturas de telefonía móvil por supuestas suscripciones “premium” de mensajes de texto que,...
Note: A conference call for media with FTC Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich will occur as follows: Date: July 1, 2014Time: 2:45 p.m. ET Call-in lines, which are for media only, will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the call. Jessica Rich and FTC staff will be available to take...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted a Georgia-based operation from using deception and threats to collect $3.5 million in phantom payday loan “debts” that consumers didn’t owe pending trial.
As part of a $90 million proposed settlement, T-Mobile is refunding customers who were unfairly billed third-party charges by the company. T-Mobile has been contacting all of its current and former crammed customers to let them know about the refund program and claims process....
A Houston debt collection company, RTB Enterprises, Inc., which does business as Allied Data Corporation, and Raymond T. Blair, its president and sole shareholder, have agreed to a federal court order prohibiting them from the allegedly deceptive tactics they have been using to bully English and...
Una compañía de cobranza de deudas de Houston, que hace negocio como Allied Data Corporation, y Raymond T. Blair, su único directivo y accionario, han aceptado los términos de una sentencia federal que les prohíbe incurrir en las tácticas engañosas que presuntamente han estado utilizando para...
It’s called CROA – the Credit Repair Organizations Act – and it was put in place to protect people battling their way back from financial adversity.  Given the long history of questionable practices in this sector, CROA makes it illegal to charge people upfront before services are...
A Texas-based company owned and operated by a husband and wife team has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal law by lying to consumer reporting agencies, often referred to as “credit bureaus,” and charging consumers up-front fees before providing its services...
If you follow this blog, you know we try to catch readers’ eye with a turn of phrase in the title.  But when one of the defendant companies is named Bullroarer – and the FTC’s complaint alleges a massive mobile cramming scam – sometimes these posts just write themselves.  The...

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