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Zurixx, LLC

The operators of a massive real estate investment coaching scheme face permanent bans and will pay approximately $12 million for consumer redress as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission and the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Consumer Protection (UDCP).

The FTC and UDCP alleged that Zurixx, LLC, its owners Cristopher Cannon, James Carlson, and Jeffrey Spangler, and a number of associated companies operated a real estate investment coaching scheme that sold live seminars and telephone coaching using false earnings claims that convinced tens of thousands of consumers to pay them thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
182 3063
X190047
Case Status
Pending

Apply Knowledge, LLC

The Federal Trade Commission is returning an additional $25 million to consumers who lost money to a business coaching scheme that used the names Coaching Department and Apply Knowledge, among others. These refunds are the result of the FTC’s settlements with the scheme’s ringleaders, the companies through which the scheme operated, and a payment processor who helped facilitate the scheme.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
132 3121
X140018

Xlear, Inc.

In October 2021, the FTC sued Xlear, Inc., a Utah-based company, for violating the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act, alleging that it falsely pitched its saline nasal sprays as an effective way to prevent and treat COVID-19. DOJ filed the complaint on the FTC’s behalf.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
2123045
Case Status
Pending

Vivint Smart Home, Inc.

Smart home security and monitoring company Vivint Smart Homes Inc. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the Utah-based firm misused credit reports to help unqualified customers obtain financing for the company’s products and services.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
192 3060
Case Status
Pending

Randon Morris

The Federal Trade Commission has permanently banned an alleged work-from-home scammer from selling or promoting business opportunities and from using robocalls under the terms of a settlement.

The FTC alleged that Randon Morris and a number of companies he controlled initiated millions of robocalls nationwide to promote sham work-from-home business opportunities, focusing on consumers concerned about working outside their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic. The defendants lured consumers into purchasing these programs with false promises that consumers could earn hundreds of dollars a day. They also falsely claimed to be affiliated with Amazon.com.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
2023118
Case Status
Closed

Complete Merchant Solutions, LLC

Complete Merchant Solutions, LLC (CMS) and its former CEO, Jack Wilson, have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they illegally processed millions of dollars in consumer credit card payments for fraudulent schemes when they knew or should have known that the schemes were defrauding consumers. Those schemes included Apply Knowledge and Tarr, which were ultimately shut down by an FTC enforcement action, and USFIA, which was shut down following an enforcement action by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Type of Action
Process Enforcement
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
172 3020
Case Status
Pending

Nudge, LLC

The Federal Trade Commission and the Utah Division of Consumer Protection sued Nudge, LLC and affiliated companies, alleging that they make empty promises about earning money by “flipping” houses, to convince consumers to buy real estate training packages that cost thousands of dollars. The FTC also moved to add real estate celebrities Dean Graziosi and Scott Yancey as defendants for their role in the scheme.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
182 3016

Effen Ads, LLC (iCloudWorx)

The operators of a work-from-home scheme and the CEO of their main affiliate marketing network agreed to pay nearly $1.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they used misleading spam emails to lure consumers into buying work-from-home services. 

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
172 3202
Case Status
Pending

Elite IT Partners, Inc.

The Federal Trade Commission alleged Elite IT Partners, Inc. and its founder, President and CEO James Martinos settled FTC allegations that they tricked consumers into believing their computers were infected with viruses in order to sell them costly computer repair services. 

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
182 3114

Vision Solution Marketing LLC, et al.

The Federal Trade Commission mailed 1,177 checks totaling more than $380,000 to people who paid for purported business coaching services that were marketed as a way to help them earn thousands of dollars a month.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
172 3015
X180030

Veterans of America

Four separate operations responsible for bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls pitching auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results services have agreed to settle FTC charges that they violated the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including its Do Not Call (DNC) provisions.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
182 3049
X180038

Feature Films for Families, Inc., et al.

Three Utah-based firms and their owner, which a federal court jury in 2016 found deceptively and illegally called more than 117 million consumers pitching their movies, have agreed to a proposed court order settling the FTC’s charges against them. The DOJ (DOJ) secured the defendants’ agreement to the proposed order imposing civil penalties and prohibiting telemarketing abuses, and filed it with the court on the behalf of the FTC.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
102-3023

Fat Giraffe Marketing Group LLC

The defendants in an alleged work-from-home business opportunity scam are banned from selling any business coaching service or business opportunity under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
192 3009