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Take a look at ftc.gov and what’s the first thing we say in the top right and on pretty much every page on the site? File a consumer complaint. Ever wonder where we get those complaints and how we use them?
Why is it your business if identity theft victims can get free personal recovery plans and other help that makes it easier for them to report and recover from identity theft?  Here’s an answer: Because it’s good business – for you, your customers, your employees, and your community...
When we announced Operation Collection Protection in November, a federal-state crackdown on illegal debt collection practices, we said it was just the start of a historic partnership – and we weren’t kidding.
2015 saw the end of The Late Show with David Letterman, but his Top 10 List legacy lives on. From the home office in Washington, D.C., here is our informal take on ten topics we covered this year in the BCP Business Blog.
As the song by The Who asks, “Who are you?” When it comes to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, many companies think they know who they are. If they’re third-party debt collectors, they’re covered by the FDCPA. If they’re creditors collecting their own debts, they aren’t. But as...
Law enforcement, education, technology, crowd-sourcing. The FTC fights the battle against illegal telemarketing on every possible front – and here’s the latest development. After considering public comments, the FTC just amended the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) to protect consumers...

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FTC and the IRS will co-host a webinar with information to assist victims of tax identity theft. Identity theft is growing, and the IRS has taken numerous steps to combat it and protect taxpayers. Learn what to look for and how to report tax related ID theft issues, and where to find...
The FTC, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and AARP Fraud Watch Network will co-host a webinar at 2:00 p.m. EST addressing how tax identity theft happens, providing advice to minimize the risk of becoming a victim, and offering information about what to do if you become a victim. Open to the...
The FTC (@FTC) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (@DeptVetAffairs) will co-host a twitter chat about tax identity theft at 11:00 a.m. EST. Follow @milconsumer to join the conversation on #VeteranIDTheft and learn about how tax identity theft happens, how to minimize your risks,...
FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) will co-host a Twitter chat at 2:00 p.m. EST about tax ID theft – consumers can join the conversation on #IDTheftChat. Follow @FTC and @ITRCSD to ask questions and learn more about tax identity theft, how to protect yourself, and what...

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The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida have charged a payment processing business with credit card laundering and illegally assisting and facilitating a nationwide debt relief telemarketing scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from consumers.
In four separate actions, the Federal Trade Commission is announcing that it has stopped illegal debt collection tactics of several debt collection operations. In addition, other federal and state law enforcement officials have taken 12 more actions as part of a federal-state-local law enforcement...
Two payday lenders have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they illegally charged consumers across the country undisclosed and inflated fees. The two companies, Red Cedar Services Inc. and SFS Inc., have each paid $2.2 million and collectively waived $68 million in fees to consumers...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed qualitative survey of consumers to learn about their experiences in buying and financing automobiles at dealerships. The comments will be considered before the FTC seeks clearance for the survey from the Office of Management and...
Participants in an alleged credit card “laundering” scheme have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they illegally helped provide access to payment networks, thereby enabling scammers to place bogus charges on consumers’ credit cards. “Our investigation didn’t stop with the...
Bajo los términos de un acuerdo que resuelve los cargos presentados por la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) imputándoles haber engañado a propietarios de viviendas que estaban enfrentando una ejecución hipotecaria, cuatro estafadores de modificaciones de hipotecas, Brian...
Four mortgage modification scammers, Brian Pacios, Chad Caldaronello, Justin Moreira and Derek Nelson will be banned from selling debt relief products and services under settlements resolving Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived homeowners facing foreclosure.

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