U.S. Federal Trade Commission News

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Returns more than $14 Million to Consumers Deceived by Misleading Light Bulb Claims

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing 499,105 checks totaling more than $14.4 million to people who bought Lights of America brand LED light bulbs.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC and State of Minnesota Halt Sellers Playbook’s Get Rich Scheme

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Minnesota have charged Minnesota-based Sellers Playbook with running a large business opportunity scheme. A federal court temporarily halted the operation pending resolution of the case.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Charges Auto Dealerships in Arizona and New Mexico with Falsifying Consumers’ Information on Financing Documents

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a group of four auto dealers operating in Arizona and New Mexico, near the border of the Navajo Nation, with a range of illegal activities, including falsifying consumers’ income and down payment information on vehicle financing applications and misrepresenting important financial terms in vehicle advertisements.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Returns Money to People Targeted by Phony Debt Collection Scheme

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 597 checks totaling more than $184,000 to people who were allegedly tricked into paying phony debts.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC and States Combat Fraudulent Charities That Falsely Claim to Help Veterans and Servicemembers

By Press release submission | Jul 29, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission, along with law enforcement officials and charity regulators from 70 offices in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico, announced more than 100 actions and a consumer education initiative in “Operation Donate with Honor,” a crackdown on fraudulent charities that con consumers by falsely promising their donations will help veterans and servicemembers.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Testifies before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee about Agency’s Work to Protect Consumers, Promote Competition, and Maximize Resources

By Press release submission | Jul 21, 2018

In testimony before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, the Federal Trade Commission described its work to protect consumers and promote competition, and stressed the agency’s commitment to maximizing its resources, enhancing its effectiveness, and anticipating and responding to changes in the marketplace.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Wins $5.2 Million Judgment against Defendants Who Tricked Consumers with Ads for Non-existent Rental Properties and 'Free' Credit Reports

By Press release submission | Jul 15, 2018

A federal judge has ordered Credit Bureau Center, LLC and its owner, Michael Brown, to pay more than $5.2 million to return to consumers, to resolve FTC charges that they deceived people with fake rental property ads and deceptive promises of “free” credit reports, and then tricked them into enrolling into a costly monthly credit monitoring service.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: Operator and Corporate Associate of Business Coaching Scheme Settle with FTC

By Press release submission | Jul 15, 2018

An officer of the Digital Altitude scheme that falsely claimed it would enable people to earn substantial income online, and a company it used to process consumers’ credit card payments, are banned from selling business coaching programs and investment opportunities under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission.

FTC obtains court order to stop 2 California companies from alleged deceptive marketing

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has obtained a court order that halts the alleged deceptive marketing and billing of two California companies that sell skincare products, resolving resolves charges against dating back to June 2015.

California online training services company settles FTC charges of false privacy shields

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with a California online training services company that allegedly posted false claims relating to its Privacy Shield participation.

Federal court grants FTC request to halt Internet marketing companies' alleged deceptive advertising

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been granted an order from a federal district court which terminates several San Diego Internet marketing companies from continuing what the FTC alleges is deceptive "free trial" advertising and offers.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: California Company Settles FTC Charges Related to Privacy Shield Participation

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

A California company has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it falsely claimed it was in the process of being certified as complying with the EU-U.S.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC, Nevada Obtain Order Permanently Shutting down Revenge Porn Site MyEx

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the state of Nevada, a federal court has ordered that a revenge porn site be permanently shut down, and that the operators pay more than $2 million after finding they violated federal and state law by posting intimate images of people and their personal information without their consent and charging takedown fees.

FTC, Nevada granted court order to permanently shut down 'revenge porn site'

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Nevada have obtained an order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to permanently shut down a "revenge porn site," which is required to pay more than $2 million after violating state and federal laws.

'Operation Main Street' proves successful in Florida

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — An operation aimed at stopping scams which target small businesses led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and other state and federal agencies has resulted in 24 actions.

FTC reaches settlement with California tech support company linked to India-based scam

By Marian Johns | Jun 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a $136,000 settlement with a California tech support company for alleged involvement in an India-based scam.

FTC reaches $7 million settlement in alleged 'get-rich-quick scheme' from spam emails

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Operators and their related companies accused of what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is calling a "get-rich-quick scheme" have reached a $7 million settlement for allegations of deceiving consumers by falsely promising consumers they could earn money working online.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: Decrypting Cryptocurrency Scams to be held on June 25.

By Press release submission | Jun 25, 2018

As consumer interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin has grown, scammers have reportedly become more active in this area.

FTC alleges mortgage relief operation duped distressed homeowners

By Mark Iandolo | May 14, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 8 that it has charged a mortgage relief operation with allegedly duping homeowners into poor deals.

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