Category: FTC

FTC: ITMedia Solutions Agrees to Pay $1.5 Million Penalty After Soliciting Loan Applications from Millions of Consumers

A lead generation company that collected sensitive information from millions of consumers under the guise of connecting them with lenders will pay $1.5 million in civil penalties and face restrictions on their operations as a result of a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit. […]

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FTC Fines Founder of the Truckload Carrier Werner Enterprises for Repeatedly Violating Antitrust Laws

Federal Trade Commission announced that Clarence L. Werner, founder of the Omaha, Nebraska-based truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, Inc. will pay a $486,900 civil penalty to settle charges that certain of his acquisitions of company stock while he was a director of the company violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. […]

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FTC Returns Additional $25 Million to Consumers Who Lost Money to Business Coaching Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is returning an additional $25 million to consumers who lost money to a business coaching scheme that used the names Coaching Department and Apply Knowledge, among others. […]

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FTC: Unsubstantiated COVID-19 Treatment Claims Appear on Social Media Platforms

Since the pandemic began, the Federal Trade Commission has sent hundreds of cease and desist letters to companies that claimed their products and therapies can prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. […]

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FTC to Expand Criminal Referral Program to Stop, Deter Corporate Crime

The Federal Trade Commission today voted to expand its criminal referral program as part of its work to stop and deter corporate crime. While the FTC’s authority is limited to civil enforcement, the policy statement adopted at today’s open meeting will enhance the agency’s efforts to combat the criminal misconduct the FTC uncovers in consumer protection and antitrust investigations. […]

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BEAT INFLATION! FTC Offers Tips and Tricks on How to Save Money Heating Your House This Winter

The days are getting cooler, in fact, some parts of the U.S. have already seen snow. Experts report it’s going to be an expensive winter to heat your home, but there are things you can do now to cut your energy costs. […]

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Federal Trade Commission Warns Consumers of Scammers Targeting Child Tax Credit Payments

Many people have gotten their advance Child Tax Credit payments this year, but scammers are taking advantage of this new program to try to trick you out of money or information. […]

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Federal Trade Commission Returns $60 Million That Amazon Illegally Took From Flex Drivers

Amazon Flex drivers, watch your mail. The FTC just sent almost $60 million in checks and PayPal payments to eligible drivers who had their tips illegally taken by Amazon. […]

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FTC to Ramp up Enforcement Against Illegal Dark Patterns That Trick or Trap Consumers Into Subscriptions

The Federal Trade Commission issued a new enforcement policy statement warning companies against deploying illegal dark patterns that trick or trap consumers into subscription services. […]

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Federal Trade Commission Puts Over 1,100 Businesses on Notice Regarding Deceptive Money-Making Claims

Companies offering work, training, business opportunities, investments, or other money-making opportunities often try to grab your attention by talking about how much money you can make. […]

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FTC Sends Nearly $5 Million in Refunds to People That Lost Money to Cramming Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission is sending refund checks totaling nearly $5 million to people who lost money to a cramming scheme that added charges to their home phone bills without their permission. […]

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FTC: How to Identify, Report Post-Disaster Scammers Targeting Consumers Trying to Recover

Whether you’re starting to assess the damage from Hurricane Ida, the recent flooding in Tennessee, the wildfires in the West, or another natural disaster, coping with the aftermath is never easy. […]

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FTC Fines Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank $637,950 for Repeatedly Violating Antitrust Laws

The Federal Trade Commission announced that Richard Fairbank, CEO of Capital One Financial Corp., will pay a $637,950 civil penalty to settle charges that his acquisition of Capital One Financial stock violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. […]

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FTC Sends Checks to People Deceived Into Buying Worthless Online Marketing Services

The FTC is sending checks totaling more than $1.5 million to more than 3,000 consumers who were deceived into buying worthless Internet-based marketing products and services by two companies called Position Gurus, LLC, and Top Shelf Ecommerce, LLC. […]

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Federal Trade Commission Begins Annual Initiative ‘Military Consumer Month’

This annual initiative highlights the FTC’s collaboration with the Department of Defense’s Office of Financial Readiness, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Servicemember Affairs, and our many other partners in federal and state agencies, consumer advocacy groups, and industry associations. […]

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