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The Federal Trade Commission is warning small businesses:  An email that pretends to be from the FTC with “NOTIFICATION OF CONSUMER COMPLAINT” in the subject line is not from the FTC. The email falsely states that a complaint has been filed against their company.  It contains a link to consumer...
The Federal Trade Commission is joining with more than 60 federal, state and local agencies, consumer groups and national advocacy organizations to participate in National Consumer Protection Week, held March 3-9, 2013. National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated campaign designed to focus...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 50,365 refund checks totaling more than $685,000 to consumers who were victimized by a bogus work-at-home and grant scam.  As part of a February 2010 law enforcement crackdown, the FTC took action against Real Wealth and other schemes, alleging that they took...
Identity theft is once more the top complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission, which has released its 2012 annual report of complaints. 2012 marks the first year in which the FTC received more than 2 million complaints overall, and 369,132, or 18 percent, were related to identity theft. Of...
The Federal Trade Commission reminds members of the public that the period for submitting comments on its recent comprehensive data collection workshop remains open until March 8. The workshop, held in December, explored practices and privacy implications of comprehensive collection of data about...
The Federal Trade Commission warns veterans and their families:  Be wary of dishonest advisers offering “free” help with paperwork for pension claims. Unscrupulous lawyers, financial planners and insurance agents advise veterans over 65 to transfer their assets to a trust, or to invest in insurance...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Compete, Inc. violated the Federal Trade Commission Act by using its web-tracking software that collected personal information without disclosing the extent of the information it was...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day public forum on June 4, 2013 addressing malware, viruses and similar threats facing users of smartphones and other mobile technologies. As the use of mobile technology increases at a rapid rate and consumers take advantage of the technology’s...
Mobile device manufacturer HTC America has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company failed to take reasonable steps to secure the software it developed for its smartphones and tablet computers, introducing security flaws that placed sensitive information about millions of...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted an operation that allegedly used an intricate web of concealment to debit hundreds of thousands of consumers’ bank accounts and bill their credit cards more than $25 million without their consent. The court also froze...
Telemarketers who allegedly tricked consumers into buying purported health insurance are permanently banned from selling healthcare-related products under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.  The case is part of the FTC’s ongoing efforts to crack down on fraudsters who prey on...
The architect of an operation that allegedly distributed illegal robocalls offering credit card interest rate reduction programs, extended automobile warranties, and home security systems, is banned from telemarketing under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
The Federal Trade Commission mailed 330 refund checks to consumers who allegedly were duped by marketers using illegal robocalls to deceptively claim they could reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates.  Under settlements entered by the court in 2011 as part of the FTC’s ongoing efforts to...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day workshop on May 7, 2013, exploring how identity theft impacts older Americans. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to identity theft because they tend to have more assets and readily available cash than others. Identity thieves may also view seniors...
Over the last year, the Federal Trade Commission has continued vigorously enforcing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by bringing or resolving seven debt collection cases, according to the agency's annual letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The FTC shares federal jurisdiction...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Attorney General’s Office will host a town hall on identity theft and tax fraud on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in Boca Raton, Florida. To help address the growing problem of tax-related fraud, including the use of stolen Social Security numbers to get...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has finalized a modified Order settling charges against Phusion Projects, LLC, and its principals for falsely claiming that a 23.5-ounce can of Four Loko contains the alcohol equivalent of one or two regular 12-ounce beers, and that a...
A Federal Trade Commission study of the U.S. credit reporting industry found that five percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports that could lead to them paying more for products such as auto loans and insurance. Overall, the congressionally mandated study on credit...
In response to requests from stakeholders, the Federal Trade Commission has extended the deadline for the public to submit comments on potential revisions to the Used Car Buyers Guide required by the agency’s Used Car Rule.  The deadline to submit comments will be extended from February 11, 2013,...
Under an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, the defendants in a scheme that allegedly bilked consumers out of more than $100 million by falsely claiming they could reduce their tax debts must surrender more than $15 million in cash and assets to settle charges that they violated federal...

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