FTC TO PROVIDE REFUNDS TO PEOPLE WHO LOST MONEY TO SWEEPSTAKES SCAM
Before the end of the year, the FTC plans to send refunds to more than 300,000 people who lost money to a deceptive sweepstakes and prize scheme operated by Next-Gen, Inc., Opportunities Unlimited Publications, Inc., and related companies. The FTC is coordinating with international partners to ensure that victims worldwide benefit from this refund program.
In February 2018, the FTC and the State of Missouri sued these companies, alleging that they sent deceptive sweepstakes and “game of skill” mailers to people across the U.S. and in dozens of foreign countries. The mailers falsely promised cash prizes in exchange for a small fee. Many people paid the fee several times before realizing there was no prize.
To settle the charges brought by the FTC and the State of Missouri, the defendants agreed to give up cash and assets worth about $30 million. The FTC plans to use this money to provide refunds.
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