ORLANDO, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) announced that it has settled a case against the operators of
Gigats.com after allegations the company claimed it was “pre-screening” job
applicants for hiring employers yet was actually gathering information for lead
generation for other reasons.
According to the FTC, the operators of Gigats.com would
gather job postings from around the internet and summarize them on its website.
It would then accept job applications from consumers on the site, despite
allegedly never providing the information to the hiring employers. Instead, it
would use the information to steer consumers toward education programs that had
paid the defendants for consumer leads.
The FTC’s proposed consent order in the case imposes a $90.2
million judgment that will be suspended when the defendants pay $360,000.
Defendants in the case are Expand Inc., also doing business
as Gigats, EducationMatch and SoftRock Inc., and Ayman A. Difrawi, also known
as Alec Difrawi and Ayman El-Difrawi.