Court Orders Ringleader of Scam Targeting Seniors Banned From Telemarketing

Court Imposes $ 10.7 Million Judgment A U.S. district court has permanently barred the ringleader of a multi-million dollar fraud that targeted seniors from all telemarketing activities, agreeing with the Federal Trade Commission’s allegations that he illegally withdrew money from U.S. consumers’ accounts and funneled it across the border to Canada. The summary judgment entered … Read more

Direct Marketer Agrees to Pay $8 Million for Deceiving Consumers

Company Pitched Snuggies and Other Products on TV, Often Billing Consumers without Their Consent A direct marketing company selling “as-seen-on-TV” type products such as Snuggies and the Magic Mesh door cover has agreed to pay $ 7.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission for consumer restitution to settle FTC charges in connection with its deceptive … Read more

FTC and Ten State Attorneys General Take Action Against Political Survey Robocallers Pitching Cruise Line Vacations to the Bahamas

Settling Defendants to Pay More Than $500,000 in Penalties for Billions of Illegal Robocalls The Federal Trade Commission and 10 state attorneys general have taken action against a Florida-based cruise line company and seven other companies that assisted a massive telemarketing campaign resulting in billions of robocalls. The FTC and state partners allege that that … Read more

Scammers Banned from Telemarketing, Selling Weight-Loss Products

Refused to Return Money to Spanish-speaking Consumers for Wrong or Defective Products The defendants in a scheme that charged Spanish-speaking consumers for unordered or defective products and made it costly or practically impossible for them to get their money back are banned from telemarketing and selling weight-loss products under a settlement with the Federal Trade … Read more

Identity Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaint Categories Again in 2014

Agency Also Notes a Large Increase in Complaints About “Imposter” Scams Identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year, while the agency also recorded a large increase in the number of complaints about so-called “imposter” scams, according to the FTC’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, … Read more

FTC, New York Attorney General Crack Down on Abusive Debt Collectors

Charges Cite Harassing Conduct, False and Deceptive Claims Made to Consumers The Federal Trade Commission, jointly with the New York State Office of the Attorney General, has filed complaints aimed at shutting down two particularly egregious and abusive debt collection operations centered in Buffalo, New York that target consumers nationwide. According to the complaints, the … Read more

FTC Sues to Stop Deceptive Debt Relief Operation

Complaint is Agency’s First against Defendants Promising Payday Loan Debt Relief The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal district court, aiming to stop an operation that has targeted consumers with outstanding payday loans, saying they could help resolve those debts but then providing little or none of the financial relief they promised. … Read more

FTC Sends Refund Checks Totaling More Than $464,000 to Consumers Who Lost Money Buying Deceptively Marketed ‘Fat Burning’, ‘Calorie Blocking’ Diet Pills

More Than 11,500 Checks Are Being Mailed Starting Today The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 11,585 refund checks totaling more than $ 464,000 starting today to consumers who lost money buying dietary supplements deceptively marketed as “fat burning” and “calorie blocking.” These are legitimate checks, and the FTC encourages consumers who receive them to cash … Read more

FTC Obtains $9.5 Million Judgment Against Sweepstakes Promoter for Contempt

Violated Court Order Banning Her from Prize Promotions A sweepstakes operator is permanently banned from direct mail marketing and is liable for a $ 9.5 million judgment under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which charged her with violating a previous court order by running a sweepstakes scam. “There’s a price to pay to … Read more

FTC Continues to Protect Consumers from Abusive, Fraudulent Debt Collectors

Agency’s Activities over the Past Year Detailed in Annual Summary Provided to CFPB Over the past year, the Federal Trade Commission has continued its vigorous work on behalf of U.S. consumers suffering from unlawful debt collection practices, including bringing law enforcement actions against abusive and fraudulent operations, conducting education and public outreach initiatives, and implementing … Read more

FTC Approves Final Order in Texas Auto Dealer’s Deceptive Ad Case

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order involving deceptive advertising charges against a Dallas auto dealer, TXVT Limited Partnership (doing business as Trophy Nissan). Under the settlement, Trophy is prohibited from misrepresenting in any advertisement the material terms of any promotion or other incentive, including that it will … Read more