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Work-At-Home Marketer Settles With FTC

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Christopher Andrew Sterling, a work-at-home opportunity marketer, has been banned from selling work-at-home and business opportunities under a federal court settlement. The FTC sued Sterling in November 2012 as part of “Operation Lost Opportunity,” a federal-state crackdown on scams that falsely promised jobs and opportunities to “be your own boss” to people who are unemployed or underemployed. The agency charged ... Read More »

Debt Reduction Defendants Banned From Telemarketing

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Operators of Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scheme Barred from Telemarketing, Will Turn Over Funds Frozen by Court The Arizona-based defendants behind an alleged fraudulent credit card interest rate reduction scam will be permanently barred from the telemarketing business, and must turn over all of their remaining funds, in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. As part of the ... Read More »

Computer Warning Seeking Money Is Scam

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A computer virus that locks up personal computers, and then issues a demand for money from the Department of Justice and the U.S. Courts, is a scam and has no link to the courts or other federal agencies. The virus locks up computers and warns users that they face criminal prosecution unless they pay a fee. Victims should contact the ... Read More »

FTC Proposes New Rules to Protect Consumers From Being Scammed

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The Federal Trade Commission is proposing new rules to help protect consumers and is opening a public comment period in which anyone can offer feedback and the ability to comment on the proposed rules. The proposed changes in the Telemarketing Sales Rule, or TSR as many call it, is partially created because of some recent scams that have involved how ... Read More »

Debt Relief Legal Front Victimized Thousands Says FTC

This appears to be a variation of a mailer many have received.

The Federal Trade Commission just released the seal on actions it took to shut down a debt relief company that has appeared on this site before. – Source In an announcement made today, the FTC filed a complaint under seal against A to Z Marketing, Apex Members, Apex Solutions, Backend, Expert Processing Center, Smart Funding, William D. Goodrich Attorney, WDG ... Read More »

FTC Goes After More in Alleged Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scam

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The Federal Trade Commission continued its crackdown on credit card rate reduction scams by adding eight new defendants to a case the agency brought last year, including a payment processor it alleges assisted in the fraud. The FTC filed an amended complaint against the defendants behind the firm Treasure Your Success (TYS), which allegedly made deceptive “cardholder services” robocalls, promising ... Read More »

Innovative Wealth Builders in FTC News Again With Independent Resources Network

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It seems like forever Ive been writing about Innovative Wealth Builders and all the unhappy consumers that feel for their debt relief pitch. But it looks like the FTC has taken a step against their payment processor that could have ramifications in other parts of the debt world with payment processors and escrow companies. According to the Federal Trade Commission ... Read More »

Mass Joinder Leader Mitchell Stein Found Guilty and Behind Bars for Years

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A tipster just let me know that Mitchell Stein, the California attorney who was leading the charge selling consumers access to lawsuits to sue their lenders in a mass joinder action, was taken into custody today in court when he was found guilty on 14 counts in Florida today. Here is what the tipster said, “Mitchell J. Stein (Spire Law ... Read More »

FTC Catches Bogus Tech Support Scam and Then Finds a Debt Relief Company

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The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement over a bogus tech support service and accidentally found a debt relief company that was violating the Telemarketing Sales Rules in the process. Mikael Marczak, doing business as Virtual PC Solutions, and Sanjay Agarwalla were among the subjects of a series of six complaints filed by the FTC last September as part of ... Read More »

Infomercial Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Claims He’s Too Broke to Pay Millions in Sanctions

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Kevin Trudeau is best known on this site for his books targeted towards those in financial trouble, including “Debt Cures” and “Free Money “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.” On March 6, 2013 U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman issued an opinion and order that describes how Kevin Trudeau has been dodging his $37 million sanction he was ordered ... Read More »

Consumers in Life and Money Trouble More Likely to be Scammed

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Consumers who were more willing to take risks and those who had recently experienced a negative life event (such as a divorce, death of a family member or close friend, serious injury or illness in their family, or the loss of a job) were much more likely to have been victims of fraud and scams. Consumers who indicated they had ... Read More »

FTC Takes Action Against Company That Hits Cell Phone Users With Charges

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The Federal Trade Commission has taken legal action to shut down an operation that allegedly took in millions of dollars from placing charges on consumers’ mobile phone bills, many of which were “crammed” or unauthorized charges. The complaint against Wise Media, LLC, Brian M. Buckley and William J. Deloney is the first FTC case against mobile cramming and part of ... Read More »

Fidelity Land Trust Sued to Give Title Back to Homeowner

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Kimberly Miller with the Palm Beach Post is reporting at least one homeowner is suing Fidelity Land Trust. “Kenneth and Joycelin Morgan filed a lawsuit last week against Fidelity Land Trust Co. and affiliated firms, saying they thought they were signing up for help reducing their mortgage amount but instead were deceived into a contract that cost them $5,000 upfront, ... Read More »

FTC Stops Scam That Charged Companies for Bogus Online Directory

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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal judge has temporarily halted a Slovakia-based operation that allegedly tricked small businesses and non-profits into collectively paying millions of dollars to be listed in an online directory in which they had no interest in being listed and for which they did not understand they would be charged. The FTC is seeking to ... Read More »

Remember the Spam Text Warning? FTC Shuts Them Down.

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Previously I reported on spam text that were being sent to consumers, claiming that people had one a major gift card. However the fine print showed that “winners” would have to apply for products and services including financial services and debt relief. See these stories, Bxsy.biz Best Buy Giftcard Spam Text – Scam Alert, Avoid Free-BestBuy.com Spam Text Message, and ... Read More »

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