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THE CHATTER ON SPYCHATTER & OTHERS

Three Companies Settle FTC Charges that They Deceived Consumers About Participation in International Privacy Program Three U.S. companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that ...
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INVESTMENT SCAMMERS SCUTTLED

Business Opportunity Scheme Operators Banned from Telemarketing and Selling Investment Opportunities; Will Return Millions to Consumers The operators of a telemarketing scheme charged with bilking ...
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PULLING THE PLUG ON COGNIPIN & FLEXIPIN

FTC, Maine Attorney General Shut Down Web of Deceptive Supplement Sellers CogniPrin and FlexiPrin supplement marketers targeted those suffering from poor memory, pain The Federal Trade Commission and ...
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CHAMPION STOLE HEATING OLD MONEY?

A.G. Schneiderman Sues Hudson Valley Heating Oil Company For Defrauding Consumers Champion Fuel And Service Corporation Allegedly Failed To Deliver Heating Oil And Services To 83 Consumers Who ...
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BLOCKING PULLEY BLOCK SYSTEMS?

Distributor of Pulley Block Systems Settles with FTC, Agrees to Drop Misleading ‘Made in USA’ Claims A Texas-based distributor of pulley block systems will stop making misleading ...
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UNITED AGAINST UNITED DEBT COUNSELORS

FTC Reaches Settlement With Nationwide Debt Relief Provider A debt relief company and its principals who allegedly misled consumers and charged illegal advance fees will be banned from those practices ...
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BETTER ANTI-PHISHING PRACTICES

Online Businesses Could Do More to Protect their Reputations and Prevent Consumers from Phishing Schemes Staff study finds that many major online businesses are using email authentication, but few are ...
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THE LEADING FRAUDSTERS OF 2016

FTC Releases Annual Summary of Consumer Complaints Imposter scams are now the second most common source of consumer complaints Imposter scam complaints surpassed identity theft for the first time as ...
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AVOID PHISHING

FTC Offers Tips for Businesses Impersonated as part of a Phishing Scam Think consumers are the only ones harmed by phishing scams? It’s not just a problem for computer users but also for the ...
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PHONY PRIZE PROMOTER PUNISHED

FTC Obtains Court Order Against Fake Prize Scheme Defendant One of the defendants in a fake prize scheme has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he provided services for a direct ...
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MONEY NOW FOR MONEY NOW?

FTC Returns Money to Victims of Business Opportunity Scheme The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 2,031 checks totaling more than $436,000 to people who lost money to Money Now Funding, a ...
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PLAYED WITH ODOMETERS

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty in Odometer Fraud Scheme A Georgia man pleaded guilty today to operating an odometer fraud scheme involving over 100 vehicles, the Department of Justice recently announced. ...
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LOOKING FOR THE BEST INTERNET SERVICE?

A.G. Outlines Impact Of Spectrum-Time Warner Cable's Alleged Fraud In Western NY, Issues Consumer Alert To Assist New Yorkers In Choosing The Best Internet Service Consumer Alert Follows A.G. ...
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K.S. CONTRACTING KICKED FOR KICKBACK SCHEME

Comptroller Stringer Debars Contractor that Cheated Immigrant Workers out of $1.7 million in Prevailing Wages and Benefits K.S. Contracting Corporation employed a kickback scheme that preyed on at ...
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DID YOU BUY A MERCOLA?

FTC Providing Full Refunds to Mercola Brand Tanning System Purchasers The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refunds that total $2.59 million to more than 1,300 people who bought Mercola indoor ...
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WRONGFULLY COLLECTED VIEWING HISTORIES

VIZIO to Pay $2.2 Million to FTC, State of New Jersey to Settle Charges It Collected Viewing Histories on 11 Million Smart Televisions without Users’ Consent VIZIO, Inc., one of the ...
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FILTERING THESE FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Marketer of Water Filtration Systems Settles with FTC, Agrees to Drop Misleading ‘Made in USA’ Claims A Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems will stop making misleading ...
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LIED ABOUT INTERNET SPEED?

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Lawsuit Against Spectrum-Time Warner Cable And Charter Communications For Allegedly Defrauding New Yorkers Over Internet Speeds And Performance Complaint Alleges ...
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MAKING VW PAY

Federal Trade Commission, Class Action Settlements Require Volkswagen to Repair or Buy Back 3.0 Liter TDI Diesel Vehicles VW must fully compensate vehicle owners The Federal Trade Commission announced ...
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REFUNDING $20 MILLION TO T-MOBILE CUSTOMERS

FTC Returns Nearly $20 Million in Additional Refunds to T-Mobile Customers Agency ensures consumers receive full benefit of settlement The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling ...
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PAID PATIENTS TO COME TO THEM

Three Individuals Plead Guilty in $55 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme at Two Brooklyn Medical Clinics Three individuals recently pleaded guilty in connection with a health care fraud scheme involving ...
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BAD BILL BOLLAND BLOCKED

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Prison Sentence Of Orange County Man For Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands In Investment Scheme William Vogt Posed As Wealthy Fashion Designer “Bill Bolland” To ...
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BAD BUS BUSINESS

Four School Bus Company Owners Convicted for Bid Rigging and Mail Fraud Conspiracies Involving Puerto Rico Public School Bus Services Following a week-long trial, a federal jury in Puerto Rico ...
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SETTLING WITH ACER

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With Computer Manufacturer After Data Breach Exposed More Than 35,000 Credit Card Numbers Acer Service Corporation Must Pay $115,000 In Penalties And Reform Data ...
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BILLED MILLIONS FOR PHONY TESTS

Clinical Psychologist and Owner of Psychological Services Centers Convicted in $25 Million Psychological Testing Scheme Carried Out Through Eight Companies in Four Gulf Coast States Two owners of ...
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