FTC Approves Final Order Preserving Competition in U.S. Market for Industrial Switchboxes

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Emerson Electric Co.’s acquisition of Pentair plc would be anticompetitive. First announced in April 2017, the complaint alleged that the proposed acquisition would likely harm competition in the United States market for industrial switchboxes, which are devices used to […]

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FTC Returns Money to Victims of Abusive Debt Collection Operation

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 4,380 checks totaling more than $550,000 to people harmed by Houston-based Goldman Schwartz, Inc., a debt collection operation that also used other business names, including Cole, Tanner & Wright and Harris County Check Recovery. The FTC sued Goldman Schwartz for multiple law violations, including making false threats and collecting […]

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FTC and Other Consumer Protection Agencies Unveil Updated Website for International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network

The Federal Trade Commission and consumer protection agencies in more than 60 other countries that are part of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) today unveiled an update of ICPEN’s website – www.icpen.org – to help members identify and respond to consumer challenges that cross international borders. ICPEN is an international network of […]

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FTC, NHTSA Workshop to Focus on Privacy, Security Issues Related to Connected Cars

WHAT: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a workshop on June 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C., to examine the consumer privacy and security issues posed by automated and connected vehicles. WHEN: Wednesday June 28, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 pm EDT WHERE: Constitution Center400 7th St SWWashington, D.C. 20024 […]

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Defendants Involved in Selling Business Coaching Programs Settle FTC Charges

Banned from selling business coaching services and work-at-home opportunities Seven individuals and eight companies they control have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges in a deceptive telemarketing operation that took millions of dollars from thousands of consumers who were trying to start home-based Internet businesses. The defendants have agreed to be banned from selling […]

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FTC Wraps up Major Phone Cramming Case as Remaining Defendants Settle Charges

Defendants behind American eVoice are banned from all landline or mobile telephone billing The remaining defendants behind a massive landline cramming operation agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they placed more than $70 million in unauthorized charges on consumers’ phone bills. The settlements with defendants Steven Sann, Terry Lane, and the corporate defendants […]

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Avoid a tech trap

  Avoid a tech trap May 12, 2017 by Bridget Small Consumer Education Specialist FTC I will drive for a week with my car’s Check Engine light blinking, but if a security warning shows up on my computer, I act immediately. Scammers have been taking advantage of people like me, who care about computer security. […]

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Rounding up foreign lottery scammers

May 10, 2017 by Patti Poss Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, FTC In the past, we’ve told you about a group of Jamaican scammers who called people in the US with phony prize, sweepstakes and lottery offers. Just last week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that eight Jamaicans were extradited to the US […]

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Privacy Awareness Week: A time to learn

May 8, 2017 by Melinda Claybaugh Counsel for International Consumer Protection, FTC Privacy Awareness Week is May 8-12, 2017. It’s an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum that combines the efforts of privacy agencies in the region to share information about privacy practices and rules. If you’ve been following this blog, you […]

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FTC Action: International Scammers Banned from Business Directory Business

Overseas Defendants Targeted Small Businesses, Non-Profits in U.S. For Release September 20, 2016 Tags: deceptive/misleading conduct Bureau of Consumer Protection Consumer Protection Advertising and Marketing Online Advertising and Marketing In an action brought by the Federal Trade Commission in 2013, a federal court has banned a Slovakia-based company and two of its executives from the […]

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Calls asking “Can you hear me now?

” March 21, 2017 by Alesha Hernandez Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Your phone rings and the caller ID shows a number you don’t know. You answer it anyway and hear, “Can you hear me now?” It’s a pre-recorded robocall – even though it sounds like a real person – and it’s illegal. We’ve heard from […]

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Don’t bank on that check

March 17, 2017 by Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Scammers know how to design phony checks to make them look legitimate. In fact, the Council of Better Business Bureaus just released a list of the most “risky” scams, based on how likely people are to be targeted, how likely to lose money, and how […]

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Risk free trials were bait for rip offs

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/risk-free-trials-were-bait-rip-offs February 22, 2017 by Bridget Small Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Did you ever sign up for a free trial of a product you heard about on the radio? Some sellers will send you — and charge you — a lot more than you agreed to. The FTC says one group of dietary supplement marketers […]

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Fraud and Scam Alerts from the FTC

Police raids in India cut down IRS imposter calls January 5, 2017 by Nat Wood Associate Director, Consumer & Business Education, FTC Over the last few years, we’ve warned about a lot of imposter scams. In one of the most common types, callers pretending to be from the IRS demand payments and threaten to arrest […]

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FTC’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness week Jan 30 – Feb 3,2017

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week has an event for you January 30, 2017 by Seena Gressin Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Today we’re kicking off Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Tax identity theft happens when a scammer files a fraudulent tax return using your Social Security number (SSN) and claims your refund. […]

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FTC Puts An End to Data Broker Operation that Helped Scam More Than $7 Million from Consumers’ Accounts

  The Federal Trade Commission has closed the book on a data broker operation that the agency alleges got personal information from people who thought they were applying for payday loans online, and sold it to a scam that tapped consumers’ bank accounts and credit cards without their consent. A stipulated order against Jason A. […]

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