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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...
The Federal Trade Commission has created a “teaser” website for a fictitious lending company that warns consumers about how easy it is to be fooled by scammers charging up-front fees for bogus loans.  The site also explains how to spot and avoid loan scams. The website is part of a consumer...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has put a stop to three companies’ allegedly deceptive telemarketing calls, including robocalls, that promised to reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates; frozen their assets; and appointed a receiver to take control of the...
The Federal Trade Commission reached its third settlement as part of a recent agency crackdown on fraud in the prepaid calling card industry that has forced companies to pay more than $4 million. The agreement requires New York-based Diamond Phone Card, Inc. and its principals to pay $500,000. It...
As part of its ongoing effort to combat cross-border fraud and promote consumer protection around the world, the Federal Trade Commission is hosting counterparts from more than 40 countries on May 6 and 7 to discuss enforcement strategies and emerging consumer protection issues.
Mom has gone out of her way for you over the years.  On Mother’s Day, let her know you’re doing the same for her.  Send her a musical e-card with tips from the Federal Trade Commission on keeping her personal information secure.  The free card, available in English and Spanish at www.ftc.gov/mom...
The Federal Trade Commission today said that the rapid-fire pace of technological change, including an explosion in children’s use of mobile devices and interactive gaming, has led the agency to accelerate its review of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) to make sure that...
With American youth exposed to more advertising than ever before, the Federal Trade Commission is kicking off a new advertising literacy campaign to help older children understand the ads they see and become smarter consumers.
Beginning today, a claims administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission will mail more than 34,000 checks totaling almost $18 million to consumers identified as victims of a series of cross-border fraud schemes involving payments via MoneyGram International, Inc., the second-largest U.S....
Women’s clothing retailer Talbots and its California marketing company have agreed to pay penalties totaling $161,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they illegally delivered prerecorded “robocalls” that failed to give consumers proper notice of their right to opt out of receiving...
Starting April 30, an administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission will mail more than 140,000 refund checks totaling about $6 million to consumers who bought certain “For Women Only” brand dietary supplements from TV home shopping channel QVC, Inc.  Last year, QVC settled charges that...
WHAT: Advertising is virtually everywhere. The Internet and new technologies have taken kids’ exposure to advertising to new levels. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, will launch Admongo, a campaign to raise advertising literacy among the nation'’...
U.S. consumers are being inundated with prerecorded “robocalls” from companies claiming they can negotiate lower credit card interest rates – for a fee.  The Federal Trade Commission urges extreme skepticism about these offers, because many of them are fraudulent. In a new consumer alert, Credit...
A nationwide specialty consumer reporting agency that provides casinos with credit reports that are used to assess customers’ eligibility for credit and check cashing has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlement...
Searching for ways to make the most of Earth Day?  Start by looking at home.  Take a tour, in English or Spanish, at the Federal Trade Commission’s ftc.gov/energysavings.  You’ll find ways to save energy — and lower your energy bill — in every room of your home. For example, head to the kitchen...
In light of rapidly changing technology such as the increased use of smartphones and other devices to access the Internet, the Federal Trade Commission will host a public roundtable, “Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online: Reviewing the COPPA Rule,” on June 2, 2010 to explore whether to update the...
Beginning April 9, the FTC, through its claims administrator, will be mailing more than 145,000 checks totaling over $4 million to consumers identified as victims of an illegal credit card billing scam operated by J.K. Publications and other defendants. The operators of this scam made unauthorized...
An Arizona-based telemarketing operation that identified itself as “Helping Hands of Hope” has settled charges that it conned consumers into buying household items such as light bulbs and trash bags that were priced substantially higher than at retail, by falsely promising the proceeds would...

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