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And the Consumer Shield Award goes to . . .
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:27:31 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

Holmes & Watson. Crockett & Tubbs. Cagney & Lacey. The annals of fiction are replete with dynamic law enforcement duos. But their make-believe exploits can’t compare with the real-life efforts of law enforcers who work cooperatively to protect America’s consumers. The Criminal Liaison Unit of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection just honored one of those indispensable partners – United States Postal Inspector/Team Leader Lisa D.

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When third-party service providers are party to sensitive data
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:02:37 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

Entrepreneurs wear a lot of hats. In addition to marketing their products, they’re responsible for operational functions like inventory, ordering, and the protection of customer data. Rather than managing all that millinery, some businesses turn to third-party service providers to run things behind the scenes. But what steps are those companies taking to secure the confidential consumer information in their possession?

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Veterans: Make cybersecurity your business
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 10:47:16 -0500 - By Carol Kando-Pineda, Counsel, FTC Division of Consumer & Business Education

As Veterans Day reminds us, no one knows better than members of the military why it’s critical to maintain a vigilant defense. The more than 2.5 million veterans who own small businesses can apply that principle at their companies, too. Hackers are looking to exploit weaknesses in data perimeters, and business owners can’t afford to lose time, money, and customer goodwill to a compromised network. Knowing some cybersecurity basics and putting them in practice will help you protect sensitive employee and consumer information and reduce the risk of a cyber attack.

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Disclosures 101: New FTC resources for social media influencers
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:23:45 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

Are you an influencer who works with brands to recommend or endorse products or services in social media? Or perhaps you’re an advertiser that uses influencers in your marketing. The FTC just issued a publication you need to know about: Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers. And that’s not all.

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FTC settlement returns $60 million to consumers affected by AT&T’s throttling practices
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 11:21:32 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

Sometimes FTC cases affirm important legal principles in the courtroom. In other cases, we’re able to get money back for consumers injured by a company’s illegal conduct. The FTC’s action against AT&T for allegedly deceptive and unfair practices related to AT&T’s promises of “unlimited data” resulted in a key ruling last year about the FTC’s jurisdiction and will return $60 million to affected consumers.

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You Don’t Say: FTC workshop listens in on voice cloning
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:17:17 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

Imagine people who have lost the ability to speak communicating in a digital version of their own voice. With just a brief recorded snippet, researchers can use artificial intelligence and text-to-speech synthesis to create a near-perfect voice clone. But it takes even less time to imagine how fraudsters could use that technology to further their scams.

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FTC alleges Neora, formerly known as Nerium, operates an illegal pyramid scheme
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:11:11 -0500 - By Seena Gressin

In tribute to the baseball season that’s just ended, we’ll start this blog post about an alleged pyramid scheme and supposed miraculous dietary supplements with the words of the great Yogi Berra: “It's like déjà vu all over again.”

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Taking notice: Class action workshop starts soon
Tue, 29 Oct 2019 07:51:26 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

They’re called “notices,” but do consumers really notice them? Convening at 9:00 Eastern Time this morning, October 29th, Consumers and Class Action Notices: An FTC Workshop will take a closer look at what the research – including a recent FTC staff report – tells us about class action notices, refund methods, claims rates, and related issues.

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New interactive feature shows there’s no generation gap for scams
Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:14:52 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

When it comes to fraud, there’s no such thing as a generation gap. According to reports in the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel database, fraud affects every generation. But that’s only half the story. What else the reports tell us is that fraud affects every generation differently. The FTC has a new interactive tool that demonstrates those differences graphically, giving users exactly the data they ask for.

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You had me at aloe? FTC challenges disease treatment claims for aloe and cranberry products
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:08:03 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Aloe and cranberry: a useful plant and a nutritious fruit. But are they clinically proven alone or in combination to treat diabetes, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and a list of other serious medical conditions that afflict Boomer Consumers? According to the FTC, those are just some of the deceptive claims that Florida-based NatureCity, LLC, made for TrueAloe capsules and AloeCran powdered drink mix.

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