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$8.7 Million Refund Checks Sent After “Free-Trial” Offers

$8.7 Million Refund Checks Sent After "Free-Trial" Offers

The FTC is mailing refunds totaling more than $8.7 million to 187,425 consumers who signed up online for “risk-free” trial offers, but were then charged full price and enrolled in expensive continuity plans without their knowledge.

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Direct Mail Pills Stopped by FTC

Direct Mail Pills Stopped by FTC

The FTC Takes Action to Stop Direct Mail Pill Marketers’ Unproven Health Claims The marketers of three supplements called Neurocet, Regenify, and Resetigen-D have settled a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging they deceptively promoted their products to older Americans using false claims that their products could stop

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The Top Frauds in 2019

The Top Frauds in 2019

During 2019, the FTC received more than 3.2 million reports from consumers. The following are the biggest scams and frauds reported in 2019

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Chris Hansen: Work at Home Scams

Chris Hansen: Work at Home Scams

In this episode of Scam Report TV, Chris Hansen examines some of the most common Work at Home Scams – scams that are bringing grief, heartache and financial loss to thousands of honest Americans every month.

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New Moves to Close $400m Real Estate Seminar Scam

New Moves to Close $400m Real Estate Seminar Scam

For the second time in about a month, the FTC sued a company that falsely promised it would show people how to earn money in real estate – after getting them to pay thousands of dollars for seminars.

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Know Your Scams

Know Your Scams

Whether you’ve had a suspicious looking email promising you millions of dollars for no risk, you’re considering buying a “miracle” supplement, an oddly cheap product online or a you’ve discovered a can’t-lose investment – you’re on the verge of being scammed. Fight back!

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Scam Avoidance Tactics Work!

Scam Avoidance Tactics Work!

To everyone who reads Scam Report, hangs up on unwanted calls, learns about the latest scams, and checks with friends about suspicious offers: good news!

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The Fight Against Illegal Student Debt Relief Schemes

The Fight Against Illegal Student Debt Relief Schemes

You don’t have to pay for help with your student loans. After all there’s nothing a company can do for you that you can’t do yourself, for free…

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Beware Debt Settlement Scams

Beware Debt Settlement Scams

You’re already in a difficult positions – don’t led a scammer make things worse! Some companies offering debt settlement programs may engage in deception and fail to deliver on the promises they make

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Spotting Supplement Scams

Spotting Supplement Scams

Supplements Claiming to be Cures are Some of the Biggest Fraud Tip-Offs. Besides cheating you out of your money, they also may hurt your health.

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Diet Lies, Diet Truths

Diet Lies, Diet Truths

Struggling to lose weight? It can be tempting to believe some of the lies you’ll be told by hustlers selling the latest loss pill…

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Don’t Get Taken In by the Secret Shopper Scam

Don't Get Taken In by the Secret Shopper Scam

Here’s how it starts. You might have replied to a job advertisement and a week or so later get a check in the mail with a job offer as a secret shopper…

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FTC Advice on MLMs

FTC Advice on MLMs

Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it could be a pyramid scheme.

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Operation: Empty Promises

Operation: Empty Promises

With so many work-at-home scams competing to steal your money on false hopes and empty promises, you need to be especially careful when looking at new opportunities.

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Celebrity Endorsement Scams

Celebrity Endorsement Scams

The SEC is warning investors not to make investment decisions based solely on celebrity endorsements. It is never a good idea to make an investment decision just because someone famous says a product or service is a good investment.

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True Stories: Debt Settlement Nightmare

True Stories: Debt Settlement Nightmare

A true story from the FTC archives – Dorothy Council’s debt settlement companies didn’t pay her credit cards and kept the money.

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The Truth Behind Weight Loss Ads

The Truth Behind Weight Loss Ads

Miracle diet products promise the world but fail to deliver – some are even dangerous. Weight loss ads and websites are often misleading at best and in many cases downright scams

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Avoid Student Debt Relief Scams

Avoid Student Debt Relief Scams

Don’t Make Mistakes When Seeking Student Debt Relief. Be careful with the information you give and remember no company can promise to get you fast debt forgiveness.

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Risk in Bodybuilding Products

Risk in Bodybuilding Products

Bodybuilding products can be associated with potentially serious health risks, including liver injury and have been associated with serious reactions such as severe acne, hair loss, altered mood, irritability, increased aggression, and depression.

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Error on Your Credit Report?

Error on Your Credit Report?

Under the FCRA, both the credit reporting company and the information provider are responsible for correcting inaccurate or incomplete information in your report. Here’s how you do it.

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Beware Claims the SEC Has Approved Offer

Beware Claims the SEC Has Approved Offer

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors of misrepresentations about SEC “approvals” of offerings.

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Tax Scams on the Rise

Tax Scams on the Rise

They’re at it again… tax scammers scheming new ways to steal personal information and money – and they’re targeting small businesses and individuals alike

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Avoiding Crowdfunding Scams

Avoiding Crowdfunding Scams

With crowdfunding, the project you’re backing is only as good as the people behind it. Some dishonest people can take your money but produce nothing – no product, no project, and no reward.

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CFTC Guide to Precious Metals Fraud

CFTC Guide to Precious Metals Fraud

The following information is designed to notify you about tricky promises of easy profits from rising prices in precious metals such as gold, silver, palladium, and platinum.

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