Tag Archives: FTC

Secret Sister Gift Exchange: It’s illegal

With Christmas only a month away, many people are getting into the holiday spirit – including those on social media. Many online users are posting about a Secret Sister Gift Exchange. The idea is to mail a gift worth $10 … Continue reading

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Mother & son scam team fined $2.1 million for tricking Spanish-speakers with fake medical discount cards

A mother and son scam team is settling with the Federal Trade Commission after they allegedly tricked Spanish-speakers into buying fake medical discount cards. According to the FTC, Constanza Gomez Vargas, Walter S. Vargas and their company United Solutions Group … Continue reading

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FTC: Free phone scam targeting veterans

A scam that tricks consumers into believing they can get a free phone is targeting veterans. According to the Federal Trade Commission, scammers are setting up booths outside Veterans Affairs facilities offering free phones and cell service to veterans. Scammers assure … Continue reading

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Sprint fined $2.95 million for failing to disclose extra fees to customers with low credit scores

Sprint has agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $2.95 million in fines for failing to notify customers about additional fees if they had low credit scores. According to the FTC, Sprint customers with low credit scores were ordered to … Continue reading

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FTC warns public of chip card scams

The Federal Trade Commission is joining the FBI in warning the public of scammers who are taking advantage of consumers who know little of the new EMV card. According to the FTC, scammers are emailing consumers posing as their card supplier. The … Continue reading

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What to do when your scammer is overseas

When you’re the victim of a scam, the process of retrieving any monies lost can be difficult. But imagine that same process, but the scammer lives in a different country than you do. You might have ordered a product from an … Continue reading

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FTC: Businesses can’t sue because of a negative review

Reviews are essential for consumers looking to buy a product from a business. Although bad for a company, a negative review could help a customer’s decision to buy or walk away. But what if a business threatens to sue consumers for … Continue reading

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Free money from the government? Don’t fall for that scam

How does receiving free money without paying it back sound? If you’re feeling this is too good to be true, then you’re on the right track. Government grant scams trick consumers into believing they’ve qualified for a big sum of cash, … Continue reading

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Secret shopping scam offers more risk than reward

Being paid to secret shop at some of your favorite stores may seem like the perfect job, but that may not always be the case. Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin warns consumers that … Continue reading

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FTC halts debt collection scam

An illegal debt collection scam that collected more than five million dollars from victims has been stopped by the Federal Trade Commission. According to the FTC, the scammers tricked victims into believing they owed payday loans. Callers would harass consumers … Continue reading

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