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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...
With the tax-filing season upon us, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, reminds consumers to be aware of the threat of identity theft.  Your tax return contains sensitive personal information, and scammers can use your Social Security number to get a job, or to...
Today, the Federal Trade Commission released a series of video tips to help you protect your personal information online. The videos are available at OnGuardOnline.gov, the federal government’s site to help computer users be safe, secure and responsible.
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...
A final FTC order will lead to big changes in the marketing of the Four Loko malt beverage and offers insights into the notice-and-comment process for all proposed administrative settlements.
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...
If you’re in the financial field, chances are you’re familiar with the FACT Act (sometimes called FACTA by friends and family).  It’s the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, which amended portions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  Research just released by the FTC puts the...
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...
No, not the cherubic child star on reality TV.  We’re talking about the serious repercussions of American Tax Relief's misleading claims about substantially reducing what consumers owed in taxes — and major mistakes some businesses make when it comes to the financial consequences of...
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,...
The marketers behind an online scheme that the Federal Trade Commission charged with deceptively using fake news websites to market acai berry supplements and other weight-loss products have agreed to pay more than $1.6 million in settlements that will permanently halt their operation.
The defendants behind an operation that allegedly preyed on vulnerable homeowners have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they lured people into paying $1,995 or more by holding out bogus promises that they could help them avoid foreclosure and renegotiate their mortgages.
To Rat Pack types, "Just in Time" was a swingin' tune Dean Martin sang in the old musical "Bells Are Ringing."  It's still relevant to ringing bells, but now it's in the context of smartphones, tablets — and one of several suggestions the FTC is making to mobile platforms, app...
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...
Before you start marketing your app, let’s go through the TO DO list. Does it deliver on what you say it can do?  Check. Have you thought through your marketing strategy?  Check. Does it look like app stores might be interested?  Check. Ready?  Not so fast.  There’s an...
In the few years it’s been up and running, Path has billed itself as a different kind of social network.  According to a description of its "Values," "Path should be private by default.  Forever.  You should always be in control of your information and experience."  It’s a lovely...
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s chief privacy agency, issued a staff report recommending ways that key players in the rapidly expanding mobile marketplace can better inform consumers about their data practices.

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