If you were tricked into entering personal information to find out if you were eligible for government assistance programs, you can apply to get a payment. The FTC sued the company responsible for these websites and won a judgment. The court is authorized to pay up to a total $17 million dollars to consumers who were harmed.
The deadline to apply for a payment is October 18, 2022.
The defendants, On Point Global, ran more than 200 websites that claimed to check whether a person was eligible for government assistance programs like the Housing Choice Voucher program, Section 8 housing assistance, or food stamps. As part of the process, the websites asked people for information like their age, gender, income, and credit or debit card number.
But the On Point Global websites did nothing to determine a user’s eligibility for the government assistance programs. Instead, the defendants sent people a PDF with information about government programs, and they often sold users’ information to other companies.
If you gave your personal information to the defendants, you are eligible for a payment. The company managing the refund process sent emails and postcards to people who are eligible. Legitimate emails related to this settlement will come from email@example.com.
Follow these steps to claim your money:
Go to onpointclaimform.com and click "File A Claim." Follow the prompts to get your personalized claim link.
If you’re eligible, fill out the Proof of Claim form. Confirm that you provided personal information and that you were not satisfied with your experience. You don’t need to submit any documentation.
Choose how you would like to get your payment: Venmo, PayPal, or check.
If you need help completing the claim form, please call 1-866-223-6288.