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Federal Court Rules Affiliate Marketing Network and its Parent Company Must Turn Over $16 Million They Received From Deceptive Marketing Scheme

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FTC and State of Connecticut Charged LeadClick Media with Operating A Network That Used Fake News Sites to Promote Diet Pills A U.S. district court has ruled that LeadClick Media, an affiliate marketing network, and its parent company, CoreLogic, Inc., must turn over $ 16 million in ill-gotten gains they received from a deceptive marketing scheme that sold purported weight-loss ... Read More »

    FTC Rules Jerk, LLC and John Fanning Deceived Consumers, Violated FTC Act

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    Order Requires Deletion of All Consumer Data, Prohibits Further Deception The Federal Trade Commission has granted summary decision against the operators of Jerk.com, a website that billed itself as “the anti-social network,” for deceiving users about the source of content on the website. The Commission found that the operators – Jerk, LLC (“Jerk”) and John Fanning – misled consumers by ... Read More »

      FTC Stops Free Credit Score Bullshit

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      The Federal Trade Commission has stopped an online scheme that allegedly lured consumers with “free” access to their credit scores and then billed them a recurring fee of $29.95 per month for a credit monitoring program they never ordered. The three companies have agreed to pay $22 million for consumer refunds under a settlement with the FTC and the state ... Read More »

        Work-At-Home Scammer Tried to Hide Assets Says FTC

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        At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has imposed a $26.9 million judgment against the operator of a phony work-at home scheme who lied about his financial assets in an effort to hide them from the FTC when he agreed to settle with the agency in 2010. Jonathan Eborn was one of the marketers behind a work-at-home scheme ... Read More »

          FTC Says It Stopped Office Supply Scammers

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          At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of an operation that bilked nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities out of millions of dollars by deceptively sending them overpriced light bulbs and cleaning supplies that they never ordered. The FTC seeks to permanently stop the illegal practices and make the defendants return victims’ money. ... Read More »

            FTC Says Debt Relief Programs Still on the Radar to Target in 2013

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            The Federal Trade Commission has just announced their accomplishments for 2012 and objectives moving forward into 2013. Along with a number of issues, like deceptive business opportunities, and identity theft, they have also renewed their focus on the debt relief industry. As part of their targeted sector statements they say, “Fraud operators have seized upon new schemes to take advantage ... Read More »

              Considering Purchasing A Work-At-Home Program? The FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule Is Here To Help

              The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Business Opportunity Rule has been approved for changes that will ensure consumers have information needed when considering buying a “work-at-home” program or other similar business opportunities. Now simplified are the disclosures that business opportunity sellers must provide to prospective buyers. The disclosures will help consumers considering a purchase of such a program to asses the ... Read More »

                Scam Recovery Kits Business Continues To Scam Buy Selling Scam Recovery Kits

                (Try saying that title ten times fast) In March of this year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stepped up it’s efforts against scams that targeted financially strapped consumers with more than 90 actions brought by the commission and its law enforcement partners in a investigation called “Operation Empty Promises.” Within this investigation the FTC looked into Brian Hessler and Business ... Read More »

                  FTC Cracking Down on Scams using “Free” Trail Offers

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                  The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on online marketing scheme’s using “Free” Trail offers as a way to scamming consumers of their money. A federal court stopped an online operation that allegedly stole more than $450 million from consumers in the US and other countries at the request of the FTC. The alleged ringleader, Jesse Willms and 10 companies ... Read More »

                    FTC Releases New Guide: Debt Relief Services & the Telemarketing Sales Rule: What People Are Asking

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                    I just got word from the FTC they released a new guide to help people understand the new telemarketing sales rule for debt relief products. You’ll find the guide below. You’ll also find that it helps to clarify the rule and slams the door closed on some of the ways people were trying to evade the law with loopholes. Get ... Read More »

                      GAO Takes Closer Look at Home Loan Modification Scams

                      The Government Accountability Office (GAO) comprised a report, Homeownership Preservation: Federal Efforts to Combat Foreclosure Rescue Schemes Are Under Way, but Improved Planning Elements Could Enhance Progress, based on “information available to federal and state agencies and nonprofit organizations, such as consumer complaints and the number of enforcement actions.” The report revealed two predominant schemes in this day and age ... Read More »

                        Banks Target MVBs, Most Vulnerable Bankers, to Keep Overdraft “Protection” Before Regulation E Comes Into Effect

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                        Overdraft “protection” as we know it in America will make a positive change August 15, 2010. Considering to protect something means to cover or shield from exposure, injury, damage, or destruction, overdraft “protection” is anything but that. I view it as one of those “convince” fees. Let’s just call it what it is: a service charge. Most banks charge a ... Read More »

                          In China, Credit Card Debt Enslaves. Anyone Surprised?

                          It isn’t a big shock to find out that the credit craze and panic is exploding around the world. The credit craze and panic works like this: Stage One: Craze – apply and get approved for credit and go crazy racking up the balance. Stage Two: Panic – after you’ve expended your credit resources you panic as you try to ... Read More »

                            The Debt Collection Industry From The Eyes of Former Debt Collectors

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                            CNNMoney.com released a fascinating showcase of the life behind closed doors of debt collectors. They took ten different collectors ranging in 2 – 20 years of service in the field of debt collecting and asked their insight and thoughts on the debt collection industry and process of today. The interviews were very nicely balanced between collectors that either enjoyed their ... Read More »

                              FTC Catches Bad Press For Doing Job Over Nestlé Milk

                              The Christian Science Monitor posted an article, “Does the FTC really protect consumers?” straight from Mises Economics Blog. The article claimed that the FTC was putting protecting consumers from fraud on the back burner and appeared to be more concerned with “expanding the federal government’s monopoly over food-and-drug-related speech”. This bold statement was made over Nestlé’s own Boost brand of ... Read More »

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