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.

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