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The Federal Trade Commission will return almost $20 million to more than 145,000 consumers across the country who were victimized by One Technologies LP and its two partner companies, in an online scheme that lured consumers with “free” access to their credit scores and then billed them a...
The operators of an alleged mortgage relief scam that preyed upon distressed homeowners are banned from the mortgage loan modification and debt relief business under a court order obtained by the Federal Trade Commission.
A nutritional supplement marketer called NutraClick has agreed to settle FTC charges that it lured consumers with “free” samples of supplements and beauty products and then violated the law by charging them a recurring monthly fee without their consent.
A debt collection company’s former vice president will be banned from the debt collection business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
One pundit has called it the most pervasive industry that nobody knows about, which is why the FTC has sponsored a workshop, brought law enforcement actions, and just published a Staff Perspective to call attention to the consumer protection implications.
The Staff Perspective recounts important themes arising out of the discussion by panelists at the full-day workshop. It discusses the mechanics of lead generation and how it functions in the modern economy. The paper describes who collects leads and how they are used – in particular...
A new paper by the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection provides a look at the information covered at the FTC’s October 2015 workshop on online lead generation, “Follow The Lead.”
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is issuing a second Federal Register Notice (FRN) on a proposed qualitative survey of consumers to learn about their experiences in buying and financing automobiles at dealerships, and is seeking clearance from the Office of Management and...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on its Disposal Rule, a rule which implements part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA). The Rule, formally known as the Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records Rule, requires certain persons who have...
The owners of a debt relief operation that targeted consumers with outstanding payday loans will be banned from the debt relief business under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission.
The principals of a mortgage relief operation and their companies are banned from the mortgage loan modification and debt relief business under court orders obtained by the Federal Trade Commission. The orders resolve charges that the scheme falsely promised financially distressed homeowners they...
The ringleader and two other defendants in the massive IWorks online billing scheme have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they took more than $280 million from consumers via deceptive “trial” memberships for bogus government-grant and money-making products.
A debt collector and his companies will be banned from the debt collection business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General of the State of New York, which charged them with seeking money from consumers for debts they did not owe. The action was part of...
According to the Sinatra standard, "Love is lovelier the second time around.” But the same can’t be said when a car dealership that has already settled an FTC law enforcement action for deceptively advertising financing and leasing terms engages in further misrepresentations...
Innovative financial technology is changing the way consumers borrow, share, and spend money, offering the promise of increased convenience and access to financial services. The FTC is hosting a series of FinTech events to broadly explore the implications of this financial technology...
The Federal Trade Commission will host its second FinTech Forum on Oct. 26, focusing on two topics of increasing interest to consumers: crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payment systems. The event is designed to bring together perspectives from across the landscape of these two growing sectors, and it...
A certain famous chef is known for exclaiming “BAM!” when he wants to extract the most flavor from a recipe. The FTC’s case against an unrelated California company called BAM Financial alleges a far less savory form of extraction.

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