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The Federal Trade Commission has charged seven related companies with violating federal law by falsely promising to remove negative information from consumers’ credit reports, even information that is accurate and current, and by charging an up-front fee and failing to provide written disclosures...
A company that sold telephones and telephone services through retailers nationwide has been barred from failing to provide the rebates it promised to consumers in a timely manner. The Federal Trade Commission charged the company with deceptive marketing by promising consumers they would receive...
Despite the musical claims of some TV commercials, the only authorized source to get your free annual credit report under federal law is AnnualCreditReport.com.  To reinforce this message, the Federal Trade Commission is featuring two new videos with their own catchy tunes. Both videos are...
– The FTC has approved an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) under the Appliance Labeling Rule for publication in the Federal Register. As detailed in the notice, which will be published soon and is available now on the FTC’s Web site as a link to this press release, Section 325 of the...
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the speakers for an upcoming two-day international conference titled “Securing Personal Data in the Global Economy.” The conference, which the FTC will host along with two international organizations, takes place March 16 and 17, 2009, and addresses how...
To reinforce the message that the only authorized source for free annual credit reports under federal law is AnnualCreditReport.com, the Federal Trade Commission is offering two new videos. Eileen Harrington, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, will be available to answer...
A consumer reporting agency that failed to properly screen prospective customers and, as a result, sold at least 318 credit reports to identity thieves, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal law. Under the settlement, the company and its principal must...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced three federal court actions – two settled with agreed-upon final orders and the third in continuing litigation – against sellers that allegedly made deceptive claims for a variety of home insulation products.
The Federal Trade Commission, the Center on Law and Information Policy of Fordham Law School, the New York State Consumer Protection Board, and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs will sponsor a free, full-day identity theft workshop in New York City on Wednesday, April 29, 2009....
The Federal Trade Commission today outlined the biggest challenges facing consumer protection agencies in the used car market in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.
The FTC is warning consumers that they could get stung by an economic stimulus scam.  The scams come in different forms.  Right now, on the Web and in e-mail, scammers are telling consumers they can help them qualify for a payment from President Obama's economic stimulus package.  All they have...
The Federal Trade Commission has posted on its Web site a calculator that gives consumers an estimate of how long it will take them to pay off their credit card balance. Developed by the Federal Reserve Board, the calculator is being provided in connection with the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and...
President Barack Obama designated Jon Leibowitz as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission by a White House Order dated March 2, 2009. “I am honored and grateful that President Obama has selected me to lead this remarkable agency,” Leibowitz said. “I look forward to continuing our rich tradition...
To help parents better understand their childrens’ online privacy rights, the Federal Trade Commission has developed a new article, Protecting Kids’ Privacy. The article is posted at OnGuardOnline.gov, a Web site sponsored by the federal government and the technology industry to help users stay on...
Virtual worlds – online “places” where people use graphic characters known as avatars to represent themselves – can expose children and teenagers to inappropriate activity or violence. To help parents protect their children and understand these virtual places, the Federal Trade Commission has...
The Federal Trade Commission today released the list of top consumer complaints received by the agency in 2008. The list, contained in the publication “Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January-December 2008,” showed that for the ninth year in a row, identity theft was the number one...
The Federal Trade Commission issued a report today recommending that the debt collection legal system be reformed and modernized to reflect changes in consumer debt, the debt collection industry, and technology. The report describes the changes the FTC believes will provide better consumer...
In a case filed by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Nevada, a federal court has ordered a halt to certain practices by seven U.S.-based companies and an individual operating as part of an international Internet payday lending operation. They were charged with failing to disclose key...
The Federal Trade Commission staff will host a forum on March 12, 2009 to gather input for its upcoming education program on advertising literacy for “tweens,” or kids who are 8 to 12 years old. At the forum, experts on advertising and marketing to kids will discuss a range of issues, including:

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