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The Federal Trade Commission, members of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), and Costa Rican, U.S. and other dignitaries are meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica from February 27 through March 2 to review international efforts to combat cross-border consumer fraud and...
As part of the Federal Trade Commission's ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal, prerecorded "robocalls," the FTC is taking legal action to stop two operations that allegedly enabled telemarketers to place hundreds of millions of illegal prerecorded calls to consumers around the country,...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that Aristotle International, Inc. has been approved as a "safe harbor" program under the terms of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA's "safe harbor" provision is designed to provide flexibility and promote efficiency in...
The Federal Trade Commission has stopped an Internet scheme that allegedly used bogus "free" product offers that deceived consumers in the United States and other countries and charged them for products and services they did not want or agree to purchase.
Five companies that sell replacement windows in numerous states will have to stop making exaggerated and unsupported claims about the energy efficiency of their windows, and how much money consumers could save on their heating and cooling bills by having them installed, under settlements with the...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court issued a contempt ruling against promoters of credit repair, debt relief, and food stamp services who violated a 2010 settlement with the FTC.
As part of its continuing effort to protect consumers from deceptive energy and environmental claims and provide them with information to help them make informed purchases, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a call-in media availability. The FTC will announce several enforcement actions...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation that the FTC alleges collected phantom payday loan “debts” that consumers did not owe.  Consumers received millions of collection calls from India, and that since January 2010 the operation took in more...
The Federal Trade Commission today issued a staff report showing the results of a survey of mobile apps for children.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court put the mortgage relief business permanently off limits to marketers who allegedly charged thousands of consumers up to $2,600 each, based on bogus promises to provide loan modifications that would make mortgages much more...
The Federal Trade Commission submitted its Fiscal Year 2013 budget request to Congress, including the FY 2013 Budget Overview Statement, and FY 2012 and FY 2013 Performance Plans required under the Government Performance and Results and Modernization Act of 2010. The FTC's formal budget request...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued its annual report to the Federal Reserve Board on FTC enforcement and related activities regarding the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), Consumer Leasing Act (CLA), and Truth in Lending Act (TILA).
A mortgage servicing subsidiary of Bank of America Corp. agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally assessed more than $36 million worth of fees against struggling homeowners, in violation of an earlier settlement with the FTC.
The Federal Trade Commission warned marketers of six mobile applications that provide background screening apps that they may be violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The FTC warned the apps marketers that, if they have reason to believe the background reports they provide are being used for...
The Federal Trade Commission has stopped an operation that targeted payday loan seekers and charged them for worthless programs without their consent. A settlement order, reached as part of the FTC's ongoing efforts to stamp out online fraud, requires the defendants to pay more than $9.9 million...
An operation that marketed prepaid calling cards to immigrants has agreed to pay $2.32 million as part of a settlement to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that they made false claims to consumers about the number of minutes of talk time their prepaid calling cards would deliver.
One of the nation's largest consumer debt buyers has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it made a range of misrepresentations when trying to collect old debts. In addition, the company, Asset Acceptance, LLC, has agreed to tell consumers...
As part of its continuing effort to protect consumers from financial fraud and keep them informed, the Federal Trade Commission will be joined by the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss a major enforcement action involving the debt collection industry.
The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on April 26, 2012, to examine the use of mobile payments in the marketplace and how this emerging technology impacts consumers. This event will bring together consumer advocates, industry representatives, government regulators, technologists, and...

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