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Court Rules Against Mortgage Relief Scam

Court Rules Against Mortgage Relief Scam

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission in a case against the operators of a scheme that deceived financially distressed homeowners by falsely promising to make their mortgages more affordable.

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FTC Refunds $1.8M to Skincare Scam Victims

FTC Refunds $1.8M to Skincare Scam Victims

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 79,771 refund checks totaling over $1.8 million to consumers who signed up for “risk-free” trial offers for skin care products, but were enrolled in negative option programs with recurring monthly charges

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$2m Refunds To Business Scam Victims

$2m Refunds To Business Scam Victims

The FTC will be mailing refund checks totaling more than $2 million to people who lost money to a Utah-based business coaching scheme that operated under the names Coaching Department and Apply Knowledge, among others

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Supplements Company Fined Millions Over “Free” Trial Offers

Supplements Company Fined Millions Over "Free" Trial Offers

Financial judgement against defendants over $100 million – with agreement to court orders settling FTC allegations related to their alleged scheme to defraud consumers via deceptive “free trial” offers and negative option continuity plans.

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Business Coaching Scammers Settle FTC Charges

Business Coaching Scammers Settle FTC Charges

As alleged in the FTC’s complaint, the defendants used a variety of deceptive sales tactics and falsely promised that their clients were likely to earn substantial income, their training programs were personalized and open only to qualified participants, and they needed consumers’ financial information to determine if they qualified.

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Bogus Debt Relief Program Costs Victims $1.2M

Bogus Debt Relief Program Costs Victims $1.2M

Man Found Guilty of Federal Charges Stemming from Fake Debt-Elimination Services with More than 500 Victims Identified

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Gold Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Charged

Gold Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Charged

Defendants Allegedly Fraudulently Solicited and Received more than $4 Million from Customers in Connection with Purported Gold Sales

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Entrepreneur Forfeits $650,000 For Illegal Dietary Supplement

Entrepreneur Forfeits $650,000 For Illegal Dietary Supplement

Man sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for illicitly distributing anabolic steroids and intentionally misbranding a dietary supplement that secretly contained erectile dysfunction drugs.

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FTC Takes Massive Business Training Program Down

FTC Takes Massive Business Training Program Down

Thousands lose out as fraudulent business education program “My Online Business Education” – or MOBE taken down by FTC. Many experience crippling losses or mounting debts, including some who have lost more than $20,000

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Success Bullion Fraudster Pleads Guilty

Success Bullion Fraudster Pleads Guilty

Defendant received at least $550,000 from the scheme and acknowledged the proceeds were sent to a bank account he controlled in Belize.

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FTC Halts Deceptive Business Coaching Scheme

FTC Halts Deceptive Business Coaching Scheme

Defendants charge up to $13,995 – usually on consumers’ credit cards – for a purported business coaching program that provides information that is largely available for free on the Internet.

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Dietary Supplements Worth $1.3 Million Condemned

Dietary Supplements Worth $1.3 Million Condemned

Body-Building Supplements Worth $1.3 Million Condemned and Forfeited to the United States Under Consent Decree. The court order is the result of efforts by the federal government to protect consumers from potentially dangerous products

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$1.7m Set to be Returned to Credit Card Scam Victims

$1.7m Set to be Returned to Credit Card Scam Victims

FTC to Return $1.7m to Consumers Who Bought Worthless Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Programs. The court held defendants liable for 11 violations of the FTC Act and the Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule

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$315,000 Returned to Credit Card Victims

$315,000 Returned to Credit Card Victims

FTC Returns Nearly $315,000 to Consumers Who Bought Worthless Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Programs

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Law-breaking Credit Repair Scheme Closed by FTC

Law-breaking Credit Repair Scheme Closed by FTC

FTC Stops Operators of $6.2M Fake Credit Repair Scheme. Alleges scammers charged upfront fees and falsely promised to improve credit scores.

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Agents Laundered Millions in Credit Card Charges

Agents Laundered Millions in Credit Card Charges

The FTC alleges ISO, sales agents laundered millions in credit card charges – as case concludes monetary judgment of $5.8 million suspended due to the defendants’ inability to pay

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FTC Halts Deceptive Mortgage Program

FTC Halts Deceptive Mortgage Program

FTC charges mortgage loan modification operation with deceiving financially distressed homeowners, halting the scheme and freezing the defendants’ assets

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FTC Unhappy With “No Hidden Fee” Claim

FTC Unhappy With "No Hidden Fee" Claim

FTC challenges Lending Club’s “No Hidden Fees” claims, despite Lending Club taking a hefty portion of the Loan Amount up front as an origination fee.

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Massive Real Estate Investment Scam Taken Down

Massive Real Estate Investment Scam Taken Down

Taking in in more than $100 million by marketing lots in what the defendants said would become a luxury development in Belize, the scheme was known by several names, including Sanctuary Belize, Sanctuary Bay, and The Reserve.

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$9.8 Million Returned to Death-Row Inmate’s Bullion Customers

$9.8 Million Returned to Death-Row Inmate's Bullion Customers

Bullion company owner is on California’s death row in relation to a separate investigation and conviction in state court for contracting with hitmen who murdered his wife in 2008.

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Get-Rich-With-Amazon Scheme in $102M Settlement

Get-Rich-With-Amazon Scheme in $102M Settlement

Operators of a scheme that sold “secrets for making money on Amazon” banned from marketing and selling business opportunities under a settlement with the FTC, and they will surrender millions of dollars for return to consumers.

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Big Money Work-At-Home Claims Found Bogus

Big Money Work-At-Home Claims Found Bogus

Fat Giraffe Marketing, four related Utah-based corporations, Gregory W. Anderson, and Garrett P. Robins marketed money-making opportunities, claiming that people could rake in cash from the comfort of their homes simply by posting advertising links on websites.

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FTC Shuts Down Student Debt Relief Company

FTC Shuts Down Student Debt Relief Company

The FTC has closed down student debt relief companies Mission Hills Federal and Federal Direct Group amidst claims of fraud and deception

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$90 Million Silver Bullion Ponzi Scheme

$90 Million Silver Bullion Ponzi Scheme

Defendants are alleged to have fraudulently sold contracts of sale of silver in a nationwide scheme. $90 million Ponzi scheme, in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC regulations.

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