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American Future Systems, Inc.
In May 2020, the FTC sued the operators of a Pennsylvania-based telemarketing scheme, alleging that they charged organizations such as businesses, schools, fire and police departments, and non-profits for books and newsletter subscriptions they never ordered. The agency’s complaint also names the defendants behind a New York-based debt collection operation, alleging that they illegally threatened the organizations if they failed to pay for the unordered merchandise.
In April 2023, International Credit Recovery, Inc. (ICR), officer Richard Diorio, Jr., and manager Cynthia Powell, have agreed to a permanent ban from the debt collection industry after being charged with engaging in bogus debt collection efforts against businesses and non-profits.
FTC Returns More Than $973,000 to Consumers Charged by NutraClick LLC for Unwanted Monthly Subscriptions for Supplements and Beauty Products
Federal Trade Commission Returns More Than $5.4 Million to Consumers
AH Media Group, LLC
In September 2019, the operators of a deceptive negative option scheme agreed to a court-ordered preliminary injunction temporarily barring them from a wide range of conduct. The preliminary injunction stops the defendants from misleading consumers about supposedly “free trial” offers, enrolling them in unwanted continuity plans, billing them without their authorization, and making it nearly impossible for them to cancel or get their money back. In June 2022, the Commission announced it was returning $5.4 million to defrauded consumers.
NutraClick LLC to Pay $1.04 Million and Agree to Negative Option Marketing Ban To Settle FTC Allegations That it Violated 2016 Court Order
FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling More Than $8.7 Million to Consumers Defrauded by Deceptively Marketed Online “Risk-Free Trial” Offers
Triangle Media Corporation
The operators of a worldwide negative option scam have agreed to settle FTC charges that they deceptively advertised “risk-free” trial offers for only the cost of shipping and handling, but then charged consumers full price for the trial product and enrolled them in expensive, ongoing continuity plans without their knowledge or consent.
Online Marketers Barred from Deceptive “Free Trial” Offers, Unauthorized Billing
FTC Adds Latvian Financial Institution, CEO to Case against Apex Capital Group
FTC Continues Actions to Stop Deceptive Free-Trial and Negative Option Pitches
The FTC is mailing 227,995 checks totaling more than $6 million to consumers who purchased health products from three individuals and the 19 companies they controlled—collectively known as Tarr, Inc. Affected consumers will receive their refund checks, which average $26.57, soon.
FTC Halts Online Marketers Responsible for Deceptive “Free Trial” Offers
Internet Marketers of Dietary Supplement and Skincare Products Banned from Deceptive Advertising and Billing Practices
National Consumer Protection Week
Marketer Settles FTC Charges He Sent Millions of Deceptive, Unwanted Text Messages
FTC Sends Refund Checks Totaling nearly $6 Million to Consumers Who Bought Dietary Supplements
FTC Cracks Down on Senders of Spam Text Messages Promoting "Free" Gift Cards
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