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The Federal Trade Commission obtained a temporary restraining order halting an operation that bilked consumers out of millions of dollars by pretending to be affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education and falsely promising student loan debt relief.
The Federal Trade Commission has released a new publication for online influencers that lays out the agency’s rules of the road for when and how influencers must disclose sponsorships to their followers. The new guide, “Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers,” provides influencers with tips...
The Federal Trade Commission is sending more than $5.4 million to nearly 40,000 people who lost money to a student loan debt relief scam. The defendants behind the scam were required to turn over money under a 2018 settlement with the FTC.
Today the Federal Trade Commission announced it is seeking public comment on ways to improve its existing regulations for negative option marketing.Negative option marketing is a common form of marketing whereby the absence of affirmative consumer action constitutes consent to be charged for goods...
The Federal Trade Commission sued online dating service Match Group, Inc. (Match), the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OKCupid, PlentyOfFish, and other dating sites, alleging that the company used fake love interest advertisements to trick hundreds of thousands of consumers into purchasing paid...
La Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) demandó al servicio de citas en internet Match Group, Inc. (Match), propietario de Match.com, Tinder, OKCupid, PlentyOfFish, y otros sitios web de citas, alegando que la compañía usó falsos anuncios de interesados en relaciones amorosas...
An email management company will be required to delete personal information it collected from consumers as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that the company deceived some consumers about how it accesses and uses their personal emails.
WHAT:The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop to examine consumer protection issues related to video game “loot boxes”—in-game rewards players can buy or earn while playing a video game.WHEN:Wednesday, August 7, 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET (Doors open at 8:45 a.m. ET)WHERE:Constitution...
The FTC is sending refund checks and PayPal payments totaling more than $802,000 to 12,140 consumers as part of a settlement with the operators of a St. Louis-based scam that tricked consumers into buying unnecessary technical support services.
Additional defendants involved with student loan debt relief schemes have been permanently banned from selling debt relief services pursuant to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC alleged that they tricked consumers into paying illegal upfront fees in hopes of reducing or...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 53,595 refund checks totaling $748,070 to consumers nationwide who signed up for an online auction kit that was supposed to be free, but wasn’t. The kit actually cost consumers up to $59.95 per month if they failed to cancel a trial membership in a business...
The FTC has released the final agenda for its August 7, 2019 workshop that will examine consumer protection issues related to video game “loot boxes,” in-game rewards players can buy while playing a video game.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 1,177 checks totaling more than $380,000 to people who paid for purported business coaching services that were marketed as a way to help them earn thousands of dollars a month.
WHAT:The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop examining consumer protection issues related to the online event-ticket marketplace.WHEN:Tuesday, June 11 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET (Doors open at 8 a.m. ET)WHERE:Constitution Center
The ringleader of a California-based student loan debt relief scheme has agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s charges that he bilked $11 million from consumers who were trying to reduce their student loan monthly payments or get loan forgiveness. Under the modified court order,...
The Federal Trade Commission released the final agenda for its June 11, 2019 workshop that will examine consumer protection issues related to the online event ticket marketplace.Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter will provide opening remarks, followed by a keynote address from Eric Budish,...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks totaling nearly $1.1 million to 87,256 consumers who paid for work-at-home opportunities based on the allegedly deceptive advertising practices of Bob Robinson, LLC and other related defendants. The defendants operated under various brand names,...
The FTC will be mailing refund checks totaling more than $644,000 to people who lost money to a get-rich-quick scheme that falsely claimed they could earn significant money working online by using products marketed as “secret codes.”
Four defendants in a multi-million dollar business coaching scheme known as Digital Altitude, including the scheme’s former CEO, will pay $1.9 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they deceived consumers by claiming they could earn “six figures in 90 days.”

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