Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
PHOENIX -- Attorney General Terry Goddard has sued a company promoting work-from-home business opportunities for violating Arizona's Consumer Fraud Act. Goddard sued the managers of The Results Group (TRG) for allegedly using internet pop-up ads to promote work-from-home schemes that required them to purchase an internet portal to earn commissions on online transactions. Consumers who did not earn commissions were later sold "advertising packages" for "up to several thousand dollars," the suit alleges, and were then told that the company's refund policy didn't apply to the packages. The lawsuit is part of a combined federal/state sweep of companies targeting business opportunities and work-from-home schemes called project FAL$E HOPE$. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission has also taken action againse TRG. Goddard seeks to impose a penalty on TRG of $10,000 per violation of the Act, prevent the company from selling websites and advertising packages, reimburse customers who lost money and reimburse the A-G's legal expenses.