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Robocallers Impersonating The FTC Shut Down

The FTC has filed a lawsuit against The Cuban Exchange, Inc., also doing business as CrediSure American and MyiPad.us, and its principal, Suhaylee Rivera, alleging that the defendants deceptively claimed they could help consumers get refunds from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in an effort to trick them into giving them their personal information and… Continue Reading

Google Settles FTC Claim That It Violated Consumers’ Privacy

Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to resolve federal charges that it disregarded consumers’ privacy settings on Apple’s Safari Web browser. The penalty, announced today by the Federal Trade Commission, is the largest ever imposed for violating a prior FTC order. Google, the developer of the world’s most popular… Continue Reading

Are You A Victim Of ID Theft Protection Solicitation?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a recent report, has found that the nation’s credit bureaus are selling identity theft protection, when a victim calls in for assistance with an identity theft issue.  According to the report, although most consumers were fairly happy with the assistance they received from the credit bureaus, there were plenty… Continue Reading

Are Retailers Deceiving Consumers With “Biodegradable” Claims?

As part of an effort to ensure that environmental marketing is truthful and based on solid evidence, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has advised marketers since 1992 that in order to make claims that an item is “biodegradable” they must have scientific evidence that the product will completely decompose within a reasonably short period of… Continue Reading

Mortgage Rescue Scams

With the recent economic downturn, many homeowners are facing the risk of mortgage foreclosures.  Desperate to save their homes, many people are falling prey to the predatory practices of mortgage rescue scams.  Typically, these scams solicit the homeowner with promises of debt relief that often seem too good to be true.  In fact, these are… Continue Reading

Colon Cleansers: Return Of An Old Scam?

Colon cleansing products are all the rage and the competition for the consumer dollar is fierce.  Numerous websites purport to be objective comparisons for colon cleansers, but are really just advertisements touting certain products.  For example, the Colon Review Board bills itself as the “Official source for colon cleanse news, reviews and information.”  They claim… Continue Reading

Spanish-Speaking Consumers Fraudulently Targeted By Bogus Mortgage Foreclosure “Rescue Services”

In the wake of rising unemployment claims and mortgage foreclosures, Spanish-speaking consumers are being unfairly preyed upon by unscrupulous businesses who promise to stop foreclosure proceedings only to have consumers ultimately lose their homes despite paying significant sums of money to such “rescue operation” services.  Recently, in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, California the… Continue Reading

FTC Files Suit Against Companies Making Millions Of Deceptive Calls To Consumers

On May 14, 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed suit in the Northern District of Illinois against two companies involved in making millions of allegedly deceptive “robocalls” to consumers in an effort to sell them vehicle service contracts under the guise of extensions of the original vehicle warranties. The FTC complaint against the robocaller names… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Stimulus Scam Alert

It should come as no surprise that with all the stories in the news about stimulus funding, con artists have invented stimulus scams. The scam begins with an email, online ad or website that says you’re eligible to obtain an economic stimulus payment.  All you have to do is send back a completed form or submit… Continue Reading

Mortgage Foreclosure “Rescue” Plans Deceiving Homeowners

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has reported a growing problem with scams involving purported rescue plans for home owners facing foreclosure.  The FTC brought 11 cases targeting mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams within the last year and is actively involved in ongoing investigations.  Additionally, the FTC has sent warning letters to 71 companies… Continue Reading

FDA And FTC Warn Consumers Of Fraudulent Swine Flu Remedies

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") has issued a warning to consumers to avoid Internet sites and other promotions for products that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as the Swine Flu.  Many of these deceptive products are being… Continue Reading