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Affiliate Marketer Settles With FTC for All He Made


An affiliate marketer has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he was responsible for sending millions of unwanted text messages to consumers that deceptively promised “free” gift cards and electronics. The marketer, Jason Q. Cruz of West Bend, Wisc., was a subject in a series of FTC complaints targeting the senders of deceptive spam text messages. In its ... Read More »

    More Nailed by FTC in Bogus Gift Card Text Scheme


    Last year there was a sudden flurry of text messages being sent that directed consumers to visit special sites to claim gift cards. Here are some example of stories I wrote about this here and here. Today the Federal Trade Commission has announced it has moved to shut down an international network of scammers that sent millions of unwanted text ... Read More »

      Remember the Spam Text Warning? FTC Shuts Them Down.


      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, Best Buy Giftcard Spam Text – Scam Alert, Avoid Spam Text Message, and ... Read More »

        Saturday St. Louis – 314 – Part 1. Scam Text Message. Watch Out. Warn Others.

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        A new spam text message is being sent out claiming you have won a prize. The message reads: Saturday St Louis – 314 – Part 1 Your entry in our drawing WON you a free $1,000 Target Giftcard! Enter “919” at and we can ship it to you Sent from 918-403-9426 So here is the deceptive problem. What looks ... Read More »

          Avoid $100 Rewards Certificate Text – Scam Alert


          The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. A loyal reader sent in a tip about a spam text message that is going out. The message as you can see below is short on details and dubious. I’ve covered other similar messages in the past. The more troubling aspect of this message is that it prompts ... Read More »

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