Tag: "FTC"

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“Mortgage Relief” company ordered closed by the FTC

“Mortgage Relief” company ordered closed by the FTC

FTC Shuts Down Prime Legal Plans for Offering Illegal Mortgage Relief Services The South Florida-based defendants in an alleged mortgage relief scam will surrender their assets and be banned permanently from providing mortgage relief and debt relief services to consumers under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.  This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment […]

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Target breach – Can the FTC fine businesses for failing to protect consumer’s information?

Target breach – Can the FTC fine businesses for failing to protect consumer’s information?

Senator calls for accountability in Target breach Sen. Robert Menendez wants the federal government to hold companies accountable when their customers’ financial information is stolen. The New Jersey Democrat is taking on the topic after last week’s revelation that information about 40 million Target customer accounts had been stolen. At a news conference Thursday outside […]

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Car Dealers and TrueCar – FTC Antitrust Investigation

Car Dealers and TrueCar – FTC Antitrust Investigation

U.S. Asks If Car Dealers Ganged Up on Shopping Website TrueCar It used to be that people in the market for a new car could go to the car-shopping website TrueCar.com, which collects bids from auto dealerships, and get dealers to undercut one another on price. Dealers could see the rival prices, so prices tumbled […]

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Scam Alert: Timeshare Properties

Scam Alert: Timeshare Properties

Feds crack down on scams targeting timeshare owners Law enforcement officials are cracking down on companies they say stole millions of dollars from timeshare owners desperate to resell their properties. In recent years, a network of law enforcement in the United States and abroad has shut down countless schemes that were hawking phony timeshare resale […]

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FTC charges 29 for Spam Texting

FTC charges 29 for Spam Texting – 3/14/13

FTC goes after spam texts, ‘free’ offers Regulators say they’ve targeted marketers sending millions of spam text messages trying to steer consumers to websites falsely promising “free” gift cards. In complaints filed in courts around the United States, the Federal Trade Commission has charged 29 defendants with collectively sending more than 180 million unwanted text […]

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FTC Warning on Hidden Hotel Fees

FTC Warning on Hidden Hotel Fees – 12/9/12

Hotels Warned on Hidden Fee Scams “We believe that online hotel reservation sites should include in the quoted total price any unavoidable and mandatory fees, such as resort fees, that consumers will be charged to stay at the hotel. While a hotel reservation site may breakdown the components of the reservation estimate (e.g., room rate, […]

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Bogus Business Opportunities - 12/2/12

Bogus Business Opportunities – 12/2/12

Feds target bogus web businesses   Three U.S. agencies and a group of state attorneys general have filed more than 70 civil and criminal cases against defendants offering allegedly bogus business opportunities, with some of the defendants offering to help customers set up online businesses. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, […]

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Facial Recognition Guidelines

FTC Facial Recognition Guidelines – 11/5/12

FTC Recommends Best Practices for Companies That Use Facial Recognition Technologies Companies Using the Technologies Should Design Services with Consumer Privacy in Mind The Federal Trade Commission today released a staff report “Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies” for the increasing number of companies using facial recognition technologies, to help […]

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Website Traffic Tracking and Consumer Deception

Website Traffic Tracking and Consumer Deception – 10/28/12

Market Research Firm ‘Compete’ Settles With FTC Over Consumer Deception     Compete, Inc., the Web market research firm that keeps track of website traffic and recently worked with Twitter to measure the impact of Twitter political advertisements on donations, settled with the FTC on Monday over charges that Compete intentionally deceived consumers into downloading tracking software […]

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FTC and Facebook reach final privacy settlement, agree to 20 years of audits

FTC and Facebook final privacy settlement, 20 years of audits – 9/8/12

FTC and Facebook reach final privacy settlement, agree to 20 years of audits   The FTC has approved a settlement with Facebook after charging it with misleading users about how private their information would be kept. Facebook agreed to the changes last year, and three Commissioners voted in favor of it after a period of public […]

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Debt Collection Practices News 3/21/12

FTC Highlights Expanded Work on Debt Collection Issues over the Past Year   The FTC Enforces the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Promotes Related Education, Research, and Policy Development Initiatives The Federal Trade Commission stepped up enforcement of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in the last year by cracking down on collectors who […]

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Debt Collection Practices News 3/11/12

FTC Cracks Down On Indian Call Center, Fraudster Debt Collectors   Even scam artists are outsourcing. On Tuesday in its first crackdown on fraudulent telemarketing in South Asia, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it was shutting down two California-based companies that used a call center in India to defraud Americans out of more than […]