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Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection

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  • Howard County forum educates on dangers of identity theft

    You make concerted efforts to safeguard information from identity thieves — keeping bank card passwords concealed, buying online goods solely from secure websites and refusing to furnish personal information to anyone you don't know. Adults and...
  • FTC: Reebok to pay $25 million for deceptive advertising of toning shoes

    FTC: Reebok to pay $25 million for deceptive advertising of toning shoes
    Reebok spokesman Dan Sarro responded to the FTC settlement: "We stand behind our EasyTone technology – the first shoe in the toning category that was inspired by balance-ball training. Settling does not mean we agree with the FTC’s...
  • Southern California debt collection operation to refund $4 million

    A Southern California debt collection operation agreed to refund more than $4 million to consumers to settle allegations that its employees posed as process servers and used other deceptive tactics, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday. Asset...
  • Authorities tell company to scratch its false claims about lice prevention products

     
    Here's another chapter in the endless book about why you shouldn't believe everything your read or hear on product promotions. Lornamead Inc., whose "Lice Shield" products are sold at major chain stores including Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and...
  • Abusive debt collector "took deception to new lows," authorities say

     
    There is no shortage of debt collection scams out there. I've written about many of them. But this one is particularly egregious, authorities say. The scam was run out of New York by a network of companies and individuals that......
  • A reminder to think twice about buying health products that promise amazing results

     
    The old adage about offers sounding too good to be true should be on your mind all the time, but especially when you see products advertised as cures for your ailments. The Federal Trade Commission said a court recently ordered......
  • FTC orders weight-loss firm Sensa Products to return $26.5 million

    FTC orders weight-loss firm Sensa Products to return $26.5 million
    The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday cracked down on Sensa Products, an El Segundo company that sells a weight-loss powder that users sprinkle on food to help curb their appetite. The powder, which is marketed as activating the part of the brain that...
  • FTC cracks down on California weight-loss firm for deceptive marketing

    FTC cracks down on California weight-loss firm for deceptive marketing
    Federal regulators Tuesday ordered a California-based fad weight-loss company to return $26.5 million to consumers who bought its product — a sprinkle-on powder for food that promised users would lose weight without exercising. Sensa Products,...
  • Mortgage relief firms agree to pay $3.6 million for alleged scam

    Mortgage relief firms agree to pay $3.6 million for alleged scam
    WASHINGTON -- A web of Florida-based companies and their operators have agreed to pay nearly $3.6 million to settle allegations that it bilked homeowners in a nationwide mortgage relief scam, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. The settlement...
  • Regulators to crack down on deceptive ads for weight-loss products

    Regulators to crack down on deceptive ads for weight-loss products
    WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators said Friday that they planned to crack down on misleading advertisements for weight-loss products, including dietary supplements, food additives and skin creams. Jessica Rich, director of the Federal Trade Commission's...
  • Marketer admits sending millions of deceptive spam text messages

    Marketer admits sending millions of deceptive spam text messages
    A Wisconsin man has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that he sent millions of unwanted and misleading text messages to consumers with bogus offers of "free" gift cards and electronics. The FTC had accused Jason Q....
  • What did federal agencies do for travelers in 2013?

    What did federal agencies do for travelers in 2013?
    Ask travelers what the federal government did for them this year, and you'll probably get a shrug, at best -- or a rant about sequestration, national park closings and the Transportation Security Administration, at worst. But there's actually a...