BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced a $100,000 agreement Friday with a Boise-based internet training company to resolve allegations the company misrepresented its coaching services.
Under the terms of the settlement, eCommerce Support will pay $90,000 in restitution to more than 70 consumers who bought training services and $10,000 to Wasden's office for attorney and court costs. The company allegedly misrepresented its written materials and coaching services that were purportedly meant to help consumers develop internet businesses.
According to consumer complaints, eCommerce Support allegedly made false claims that consumers were investing in a business, would receive a professional, functioning website, could deduct the cost of the program from their taxes, only had to work 10 hours per week to make money and would earn a specific sum of money within a short period of time.
"My office has seen an increase in complaints against e-commerce training companies located in Idaho," Wasden said. "I encourage Idahoans considering starting an online business to learn all they can about any training company before they invest in e-commerce training. At a minimum, consumers should check with my Consumer Protection Division and the Better Business Bureau to see if there are complaints against the company with whom they are considering doing business."
As part of the agreement, a $50,000 civil penalty is held in abeyance if eCommerce Support complies with the terms of the settlement.