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A workshop to bring together and train military attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and consumer protection officials to identify, prevent, and address consumer fraud and issues affecting military servicemembers and their families, including:
The Federal Trade Commission has obtained court orders against two Maryland-based office supply operations charged with tricking small businesses, non-profit organizations, and other consumers into paying for overpriced office and cleaning supplies they never ordered. The orders ban the companies...
Starting today, the Federal Trade Commission is mailing 173,000 refund checks totaling more than $49 million to students in compensation for DeVry University’s allegedly misleading ads, which the Commission alleged deceived students about their likelihood of finding jobs in their field of study and...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 4,380 checks totaling more than $550,000 to people harmed by Houston-based Goldman Schwartz, Inc., a debt collection operation that also used other business names, including Cole, Tanner & Wright and Harris County Check Recovery.
Seven individuals and eight companies they control have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges in a deceptive telemarketing operation that took millions of dollars from thousands of consumers who were trying to start home-based Internet businesses. The defendants have agreed to be banned...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 338 checks totaling more than $319,000 to people who lost money to Information Management Forum Inc., which also did business as Vacation Property Marketing, and its owner, Edward Lee Windsor.
The Federal Trade Commission has charged a North Carolina debt collection operation and its owner with taking money from consumers for fake debts they did not owe. The action is part of the FTC’s crackdown on “phantom” debt collection.
The remaining defendants behind a massive landline cramming operation agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they placed more than $70 million in unauthorized charges on consumers’ phone bills.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda and speakers confirmed to date for its upcoming workshop in San Antonio, Texas on July 19, 2017, a forum on financial issues and scams that can affect military consumers, including active duty servicemembers in all branches and veterans.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 288 checks totaling more than $109,000 to people who paid an up-front fee to Regency Financial Services, which promised to get them better terms for their auto loans. According to the FTC, the company and its CEO, Ivan Levy, did not provide the promised...
The Federal Trade Commission has amended its complaint against the operators of an invention-promotion scheme, World Patent Marketing (WPM), that allegedly deceived consumers and suppressed complaints about the company, including by threatening dissatisfied customers with criminal prosecution.
The Federal Trade Commission charged the operators of a phony student loan debt relief and credit repair scheme with bilking millions of dollars from consumers by falsely promising to reduce or eliminate their student loan debt and offering them non-existent credit repair services.At the FTC’s...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida, a federal court has temporarily halted a massive phony debt relief operation that bilked tens of millions of dollars from financially strapped consumers, including the elderly and disabled.
At the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website – ftc.gov/SmallBusiness – with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and...
An envelope-stuffing operation is banned from selling business and work-at-home opportunities under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Silence may be golden, but not when it comes to contract clauses that would muzzle consumer complaints. That’s one message from an FTC settlement with the makers of NutriMost weight-loss products. Here’s another: don’t make weight-loss claims without scientific evidence to back them...
The marketers of a weight-loss system advertised as using “breakthrough technology” and “personalized supplements” to help consumers permanently lose “20 to 40+ pounds in 40 days” without significantly cutting calories, have agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the claims were...
A petición de la Comisión Federal de Comercio, (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) una corte suspendió una operación con telemercaderes en Perú que presuntamente usaron tácticas engañosas y abusivas para venderles productos para aprender inglés a consumidores hispanohablantes de todo Estados Unidos. La...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted an operation whose telemarketers in Peru allegedly used deceptive and abusive tactics to sell products for learning English to Spanish-speaking consumers throughout the United States. The court froze the defendants’ assets...
Following public comment periods in two separate cases, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders settling charges that iSpring Water Systems, LLC, a Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems, and Block Division, Inc., a Texas-based distributor of pulley block...

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