FTC Returns Money to People Charged for Bogus Website Visits
The FTC sued J.K. Publications, Inc. for illegally charging people’s credit and debit cards for supposed visits to adult websites. People saw charges under the names “Netfill,” “N-Bill,” “MJD Service Corp,” and “Webtel.” The defendants bought access to account numbers for more than 3 million valid Visa and MasterCard credit cards from a California bank. Rather than use the list to confirm that potential customers had valid cards, the defendants debited the cards for website services the cardholders didn’t use.
The FTC mailed nearly 322,000 checks to people who previously received and cashed refund checks from this settlement.