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The operators of a computer tech support scam are permanently banned from the tech support business as part of a settlement to resolve charges by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Ohio that the defendants tricked consumers into believing their computers were infected with viruses and...
The Federal Trade Commission will mark Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 29-February 2, with a series of free events to help consumers and businesses reduce their chances of becoming victims.Tax identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s Social Security number to either file a...
Chemical Free Solutions LLC (CFS), the seller of Cedarcide Original, a line of cedar oil-based products deceptively marketed as effective at stopping and preventing bed bug infestations, has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated a 2013 order barring it from making scientifically...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 862 refund checks totaling more than $533,000 to consumers deceived by a phony mortgage relief scheme allegedly perpetrated by a company called A to Z Marketing, Inc. Starting today, many homeowners who paid for the bogus “service” will receive refunds, with...
The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today posted warning letters to 11 marketers and distributors of opioid cessation products for illegally marketing products with unproven claims about their ability to help in the treatment of opioid addiction and...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order settling deceptive advertising charges against Cowboy AG, LLC, a Dallas, Texas, company doing business as Cowboy Toyota and Cowboy Scion (Cowboy Toyota).
The Federal Trade Commission has adjusted the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of 16 provisions of law the FTC enforces, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The Act directs agencies to implement annual inflation...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 8,043 checks totaling more than $216,000 to people who paid Stratford Career Institute, a correspondence school whose expensive high school “diploma” program failed to meet the basic requirements set by most states. People who tried to use the company’s...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged a mortgage loan modification operation with deceiving financially distressed homeowners by falsely promising to prevent foreclosure and make their mortgages more affordable. A federal court temporarily halted the scheme and froze the defendants’ assets at...
The Federal Trade Commission is updating the Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules).The Textile Rules require marketers to place a label on certain textile products to disclose certain information, such as the name under which the manufacturer or...
The Federal Trade Commission today released its annual report summarizing its privacy and data security work in 2017. The Commission is the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer and one of the most active privacy and data security enforcers in the world.
A Pennsylvania-based company has agreed to stop making false claims that the hats and other products it sells are all or virtually all made in the United States, and to stop deceptive use of its “American Made Matters” certification and marketing materials under a settlement with the Federal Trade...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 7,583 checks totaling more than $2.2 million to people who lost money to a telemarketing scheme offering business coaching services. As alleged in the FTC’s complaints, the defendants falsely promised consumers they would earn substantial income from home-...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a final order settling charges that Victory Media violated Section 5 of the FTC Act in connection with its promotion of post-secondary schools to military consumers.
CellMark Biopharma, LLC and its CEO have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made false or unsupported claims regarding two health products they marketed as effective treatments for cancer patients’ malnutrition and “chemo fog,” or treatment-related cognitive dysfunction.
InfoCision, Inc., an Akron, Ohio-based company that has made millions of calls to consumers nationwide on behalf of charitable organizations, has agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its telemarketers misled consumers by falsely saying they were not...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court ordered that the assets of the operators of an alleged tech support scam be used to reimburse consumers who lost money to the defendants’ scheme.
The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Nevada have charged the parties responsible for a revenge porn site with violating federal and state law by posting intimate images of people, together with their personal information, without their consent. One of the defendants has agreed to a...
Three individuals and the company they control have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers in a telemarketing scheme that took millions of dollars from thousands of people who were trying to start home-based Internet businesses.  The settlement order bans...

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