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FTC Returns Money to Consumers in Online ‘Yellow Pages’ Scam

The FTC is mailing 3,133 checks totaling more than $87,000 to consumers who lost money to the Your Yellow Book scheme, which allegedly bilked money from small businesses, doctors’ offices, retirement homes, religious schools, and charitable organizations.

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FTC Approves Final Order Preserving Competition in U.S. Market for Cigarettes

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that the $27.4 billion merger of tobacco companies Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. would likely harm competition in the U.S. market for cigarettes. Under the order, first announced...
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FTC Seeks Public Comment on Riyo Proposal for Parental Verification Method Under COPPA Rule

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed verifiable parental consent method that Riyo has submitted for Commission approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. Under the rule, online sites and services directed at children must obtain permission...
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FTC Returns Money to Consumers in Credit Card Interest Rate Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 10,387 checks totaling more than $969,000 to consumers who lost money to a credit card interest rate reduction scam. The FTC sued Innovative Wealth Builders (IWB) , a telemarketing operation that falsely promised consumers it could reduce their credit card...
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FTC Action: Scammers Banned from Selling Healthcare Products

A group of scammers who falsely promised consumers new Medicare cards in order to obtain their bank account numbers and debit their accounts will be banned from selling healthcare-related products and services under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlements resolve charges the...

Coming Events

Sep 9
California

Start with Security - San Francisco

The FTC's first “Start With Security” conference is scheduled for September 9, 2015, in San Francisco, and is co-sponsored by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. It is part of a business education initiative designed to provide companies with practical resources...
Sep 21
District Of Columbia

Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a workshop on September 21, 2015 to evaluate advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products. The workshop will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including medical professionals, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and...
Sep 29
Texas

Debt Collection Dialogue: A conversation between government and business

The Federal Trade Commission will host the second of its Debt Collection Dialogues in Dallas, TX, on September 29, 2015. The FTC held the first Dialogue in Buffalo, NY, on June 15.  The third will be held in Atlanta, GA, on November 18.

Past Events

Jul 15

Military Consumer Twitter Town Hall

Military Consumer Protection Day is July 15! Share Military Consumer with friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. You might even want to host your own military consumer event. Use the promotional tools and free resources to get the word out. Be sure to be a part of the Military...
Jun 15
New York

Debt Collection Dialogue: A conversation between government and business

The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York State Attorney General will host a “Debt Collection Dialogue” in Buffalo, NY, on June 15, 2015. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will deliver...
Jun 11

Twitter Chat

The @FTC will host a Twitter Chat with staff attorneys from the Forking Path Co. case at 2:00 p.m. ET. Follow the conversation and submit questions using #AskFTC. Staff will be online for 60 minutes.