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The gift of data – and a few words about gift cards
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:58:16 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

When people take a moment to report fraud, identity theft, or questionable business practices to the FTC, they’re giving consumers everywhere a “gift” of sorts. We use those reports – we get millions every year – to warn others about the latest scams. They also serve as an important source of information for our law enforcement efforts.

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FTC sues American Immigration Center for claiming false government affiliation
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:16:02 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

When the FTC warns consumers about government imposter scams, we’re usually referring to bogus calls that falsely claim to come from the IRS or some other official office. But as a case just announced by the FTC demonstrates, that’s not the only kind of false government affiliation that can deceive consumers.

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Car dealer and marketing firm called out for bogus recall notices
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:06:40 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Here’s something likely to make consumers start firing on all cylinders: receiving an “URGENT RECALL NOTICE” in the mail with a “warning” that their vehicle “may be under an important factory/safety recall.” But according to an FTC lawsuit against the Passport group of car dealerships in the Washington, D.C., area, the vast majority of people who received those notices didn’t have a vehicle subject to an open recall.

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So proudly we hail: Maryland federal prosecutors honored with FTC award
Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:43:54 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Laidlaw v. Organ was an 1817 Supreme Court case concerning an allegedly deceptive trade practice affecting a small business. You may be surprised to learn who argued that case and why it’s relevant 201 years later.

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Anti-scammy Sammy
Wed, 03 Oct 2018 10:30:20 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

There’s former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, NFL legend Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, and the incomparable Sammy Davis, Jr. All notable in their own right, but did they win back $586 million for defrauded consumers? We didn’t think so. That’s why we have another pick for the Sammy Hall of Fame.

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Is the EU-US Privacy Shield framework in your compliance picture?
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:14:27 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Four companies just entered into proposed agreements with the FTC to settle charges that they made misrepresentations about their participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The cases reflect the FTC’s continuing commitment to enforcing the framework. Two of the complaints also focus on a Privacy Shield obligation that may be worth more of your company’s attention.

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$505 million back for payday loan customers – and two messages for business
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:02:19 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

For consumers who took out loans with online payday lender AMG, the company’s illegal tactics left many of them saying OMG. But finally there’s good news for AMG customers arriving in the form of $505 million in refund checks just mailed to people who borrowed money between January 2008 through January 2013. That’s the largest amount ever sent in a refund program run by the FTC.

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Root, root root for the regions
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:03:18 -0400 - By Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

This year eight major league baseball teams are celebrating milestone anniversaries – and so are the FTC’s regional offices. In 1918, the Commission opened the first three of its regional offices. Today, eight regional offices continue to knock it out the park on behalf of America’s consumers. So it’s only fitting that on this momentous day we acknowledge the regional offices’ century of pennant-winning performances.

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New freeze law in effect September 21st: Is your business ready?
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:36:12 -0400 - By Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

Thanks to a new federal law, free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts are here, starting September 21st. What does that mean for your customers and employees?

Free credit freezes

Security freezes, also known as credit freezes, restrict access to a consumer’s credit file, making it harder for identity thieves to open new accounts in the consumer’s name. Starting September 21st, consumers can freeze and unfreeze their credit file for free. They also can get free freezes for their children.

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“A guy walks into a bar” – but the punchline isn’t what you think
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:06:29 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

“A guy walks into a bar . . . .” It’s a typical set-up for a stand-up comedian, but we never thought it would be the opener about a proposed FTC settlement involving unproven treatment claims for serious diseases.

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