How $9.99 per Month Apparently Grew to Over $10 Million, and a Settlement with the FTC

A lot of people seem to like paying a few dollars for “premium services” for their smartphones so they can receive text messages with horoscopes, flirting and love tips, and other information. Apparently, a lot of people also get billed for these services whether they want them or not. ...

Diaper Claims Did Not Pass the Smell Test, FTC Says

Portland, Oregon-based Down to Earth Designs, Inc., which does business as gDiapers, has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it made deceptive claims about its products’ biodegradability, compostability, and other environmentally friendly attributes. The proposed settlement order bars...

Website Operator Tricked Consumers with Phony Information about Obamacare, FTC Alleges

The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against a website operator that allegedly tricked consumers – in advance of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – with spam emails that falsely claimed that consumers would be violating the ACA if they did not immediately click a link...

Telemarketers Held in Contempt and Ordered to Pay $14.75 Million Judgment

A U.S. district court judge in Florida has issued a contempt order against Bryon Wolf and Roy Eliasson, two individuals who, according to the Federal Trade Commission, have operated a deceptive marketing scheme since 2009. According to the order, the defendants violated a December 2008 permanent injunction...

Marketer Settles FTC Charges He Sent Millions of Deceptive, Unwanted Text Messages

An affiliate marketer has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he was responsible for sending millions of unwanted text messages to consumers that deceptively promised “free” gift cards and electronics. In its complaint against the marketer, Jason Q. Cruz of West Bend...

National Consumer Protection Week Begins Sunday – and We Need It!

National Consumer Protection Week begins Sunday, March 2, and runs until Saturday, March 8. Now in its 16th year, NCPW is intended to encourage American consumers to learn about their rights in the marketplace and to recognize and report scams, identity theft, and unfair business practices. Visitors...

Consumers Lost Over $1.6 Billion to Financial Fraud Last Year, Report Finds

American consumers lost over $1.6 billion to financial fraud in 2013, according to the FTC’s annual report on consumer complaints. The report also found that the top consumer complaint was identity theft. “Americans of all ages are vulnerable to identity theft, and it remains the most...

Diabetes Breakthrough? Court Says No, and Enters Judgment against Supplement Marketer

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has found that marketers of what the Federal Trade Commission said were bogus remedies for treating and preventing diabetes had violated Section 5 of the FTC Act, and has ordered them to pay nearly $2.2 million. The FTC said that it will...

Funeral Homes Continue to Violate FTC’s Disclosure Requirements

Investigators working undercover in nine states have found that, in 32 of the 124 funeral homes they visited during 2013, the funeral homes failed to disclose pricing information to consumers as required by the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule. The FTC conducts undercover inspections...