In the world of scams, schemes, trips, and traps, this recent one certainly had the direct attention of the FTC. An entity was spoofing the FTC toll-free telephone number in caller ID and contacting consumers to get information from consumers.
The ruse was the consumer was due a refund from some scam and the caller said they needed the personal information and bank account data before the refund could be processed.
The FTC called this type of fraudulent activity, “imposter fraud.”
Well the FTC jumped into action on this in 2012 but today announced a default order and final judgment with and against The Cuban Exchange, Inc. and Suhaylee Rivera. The FTC states these entities were also doing business as CrediSure America and MyiPad.us.
The judgment also bars the defendants from making illegal robocalls and calling consumers whose phone numbers are on the Do Not Call Registry. Finally, the judgment permanently shuts down the websites that were used in the scheme – including ftcrefund.com – and prohibits defendants from starting any new website that advertises an ability to provide government refund services.
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