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The Federal Trade Commission testified before a U.S. Senate Committee regarding the agency’s law enforcement and educational efforts to combat deceptive and unfair practices that impact servicemembers and their families.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has halted a massive sweepstakes scam that has taken more than $11 million from consumers throughout the United States and dozens of other countries throughout the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.  The...
A Canadian telemarketing company targeting U.S. citizens in a lottery scheme has been temporarily shut down by the Federal Trade Commission and Canadian law enforcement officials. According to the FTC, B.B.M. Investments Inc., (B.B.M.) of Vancouver, British Columbia, and its owner, Timothy Ryan...
The Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service, will host a two-day public workshop in Chicago, Illinois to examine what more can be done to protect consumers from falling victim to lottery, prize, and sweepstakes scams and other scams...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has ordered a permanent halt to a lottery and prize-promotion scam that used counterfeit cashier’s checks and false promises of large cash prizes to bilk consumers out of thousands of dollars each. The court’s order includes a $1...
A sweepstakes operation that enticed consumers to send money in order to win cash prizes has agreed to pay almost $1.4 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal laws. Funds collected by the FTC will be used to provide refunds to consumers.
The Federal Trade Commission has charged the operator of a Vancouver, Canada-based telemarketing operation with targeting elderly U.S. consumers in connection with offering nonexistent foreign bonds and supposed cash prizes.
Cross-border cooperation between Canadian and U.S. law enforcers will provide approximately $1.5 million in redress for victims of four international lottery scams operated by telemarketers based in Canada that targeted consumers in the United States. The FTC filed suits in the United States, and...
In a crack down on cross border fraud, the Federal Trade Commission has obtained a court order temporarily halting a credit card laundering service that allowed Canadian telemarketers to bilk U.S. consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by deceptively selling foreign lottery shares.

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