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Two brothers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that in marketing and selling their trampolines, they deceived consumers by directing them to review websites that claimed to be independent but were not, and by failing to disclose that one of the brothers posted online product...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 38,553 refund checks totaling $1.9 million to people who bought Pure Health or Genesis Today green coffee bean extract supplements from retailers such as Walmart.
Amazon.com, Inc. has begun offering refunds to consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children. More than $70 million in charges incurred between November 2011 and May 2016 may be eligible for refunds.All eligible consumers should have received an email from Amazon. Consumers who...
The Federal Trade Commission charged the operators of a phony student loan debt relief and credit repair scheme with bilking millions of dollars from consumers by falsely promising to reduce or eliminate their student loan debt and offering them non-existent credit repair services.At the FTC’s...
The Federal Trade Commission submitted to Congress its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request to Congress, in support of the President’s FY 2018 budget for the federal government. The budget request also includes the FY 2018 Budget Overview Statement, Performance Plan for FY 2017 and FY 2018, and...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida, a federal court has temporarily halted a massive phony debt relief operation that bilked tens of millions of dollars from financially strapped consumers, including the elderly and disabled.
WHAT:The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will host an all-day conference to take a comprehensive look at how identity theft has evolved over the last decade and what we can do to address this challenge in the future.WHEN:Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EDTWHERE:Constitution Center...
Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reinstate a light-touch regulatory approach protecting Internet openness:
A federal court has granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request for a lien on the Florida home of Sam J. Goldman, the operator of an alleged precious metals scam that conned senior citizens.
A federal district court judge in San Francisco today signed a settlement negotiated by the Federal Trade Commission and private plaintiffs providing for consumer redress and starting the formal claims process for owners of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche 3.0 liter TDI diesel cars.
The Federal Trade Commission, along with federal, state and international law enforcement partners, today announced “Operation Tech Trap,” a nationwide and international crackdown on tech support scams that trick consumers into believing their computers are infected with viruses and malware, and...
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Office of the Attorney General will host a press conference in Tampa, Florida at noon on Friday, May 12 to announce a major consumer fraud enforcement initiative. Senior FTC and Florida Attorney General’s Office officials involved in the initiative...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 1,187 checks totaling more than $48,000 to people who lost money to CPU Service Inc., a company that sent fake invoices to more than 150,000 small businesses to trick them into paying for computer support and consulting they didn’t order.The company and its...
At the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website – ftc.gov/SmallBusiness – with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and...
A company that marketed itself as “the leader in home opiate detox since 2009” and its CEO have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that the withdrawal treatment claims for their “Withdrawal Ease” and “Recovery Ease” products were false or unsupported by scientific evidence.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the final agenda for a conference that will examine the state of identity theft now and how it may evolve in the future. The event will take place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen will deliver keynote remarks at...
Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement of a process to reverse the FCC’s 2015 decision to treat broadband Internet access service as a Title II common carrier service:
An envelope-stuffing operation is banned from selling business and work-at-home opportunities under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has ordered Timothy L. Ford, the president of Commercial Recovery Systems Inc. (CRS), to pay a $2 million civil penalty for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by falsely threatening debtors.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final settlement with a Redwood City, California company over charges that it deceived consumers by tracking them online and through their mobile applications even after consumers took steps to opt out of such tracking.

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