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College graduates who need temporary work while looking for full-time jobs may be interested in mystery shopping, but the FTC cautions that many mystery shopping offers are scams. It seems like an attractive proposition:  getting paid to shop or dine out, and then provide reports about the...
The Federal Trade Commission is distributing refund checks to borrowers lured by a firm charged with deceptively advertising that it offered 3.5 percent, fixed-payment, 30-year mortgage loans. According to the FTC’s federal court complaint filed in 2004, the firm allegedly duped consumers into...
Americans report losses of more than a billion dollars a year to international scam artists, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency.  Con artists can reach out across the globe to victimize people using the phone, email, postal mail, and the Internet,...
Scammers who prey on people eager for work have turned their attention to the Gulf oil spill.  Bogus ads for oil spill clean-up jobs in the Gulf are appearing in newspapers, online, and in e-mail inboxes.  Con artists may try to get up-front payment from job seekers, or gain access to their...
The president of a Georgia-based telemarketing company will pay $300,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that his company “abandoned” millions of calls when consumers answered their telephones. The FTC also alleged that the defendants made thousands of illegal calls to consumers who had...
Social networking service Twitter has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information, marking the agency’s first such case against a social networking service.
Starting in mid-2011, the Federal Trade Commission announced today, consumers shopping for light bulbs will notice new labeling on packaging designed to help them choose among the different types of bulbs on the market – traditional incandescent bulbs, and newer high-efficiency compact fluorescent...
The Federal Trade Commission has honored Assistant United States Attorney Ellyn Lindsay with its fourth Annual Criminal Liaison Award for her work to combat consumer fraud. With assistance from the FTC, other U.S. law enforcement agencies, and Canadian authorities, Lindsay successfully prosecuted...
FTC Approves Whole Foods Market’s Divestiture of Three Stores and Wild Oats Intellectual Property, Denies Sale of Wild Oats Intellectual Property to Topco Associates
The Federal Trade Commission’s work to stop deceptive pre-recorded “robocalls” took another step forward today as a federal court halted a major telemarketing operation that made millions of illegal phone calls pitching worthless extended auto warranties and credit card interest rate-reduction...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted a Florida-based telemarketing operation that the FTC alleged was deceptively promoting so-called “extended auto warranties” to consumers nationwide.
As the nation follows news of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so do scammers. The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert urging consumers and businesses to watch out for con artists trying to take advantage of the oil spill in the gulf and to report their experiences to federal and state...
FTC Approves Final Settlement Order with Dave & BustersFollowing a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final settlement order with entertainment operation Dave & Busters. The final order settles charges that the company failed to secure customers’ sensitive...
Two Countrywide mortgage servicing companies will pay $108 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they collected excessive fees from cash-strapped borrowers who were struggling to keep their homes. The $108 million represents one of the largest judgments imposed in an FTC case,...
The Federal Trade Commission distributed more than 2,335 refund checks today to consumers who purchased “Rite Aid Germ Defense” tablets and lozenges believing that they would prevent and treat colds and the flu or reduce the severity and duration of these illnesses. The FTC charged Rite Aid and...
The Federal Trade Commission has put the brakes on the business practices of an operation that was selling spyware and showing customers how to remotely install it on other people’s computers without their knowledge or consent.
With the graduation season in full swing, and students preparing to take on their new role as adults in the marketplace, the FTC has a series of tips to help them become smarter consumers. In How to Be the Class Value-dictorian, the Federal Trade Commission offers graduates advice on everything...
At the request of several Members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission is further delaying enforcement of the “Red Flags” Rule through December 31, 2010, while Congress considers legislation that would affect the scope of entities covered by the Rule. Today’s announcement and the release of...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments on a proposal to compel information from major food and beverage manufacturers, distributors, and marketers, as well as quick-service restaurant companies.  The proposed orders are outlined in a Federal Register notice published by the agency.  The...
The Federal Trade Commission submitted a statement today to the U.S. Senate describing the agency’s work to protect consumers from false or misleading claims about dietary supplements.  This work includes law enforcement actions, coordination with the Food and Drug Administration, and consumer...

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