Tag Archives: FTC

FTC cracks down on Florida-based payday loan scheme

Of the scams that make my blood boil, payday loan scams are near the top of the list. People who are desperate for cash end up losing what little they already had. Meanwhile the scammers get to live it up on … Continue reading

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FTC alleges T-Mobile let customers get crammed

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission charged cell phone provider T-Mobile with making big bucks from premium text services that in many cases its consumers never authorized–a practice known as cramming. The FTC alleges in its complaint that T-Mobile USA … Continue reading

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Cramming operation shut down, ordered to pay back $38 million

No one likes spending money on things they never agreed to pay for, or “agreed” through some type of trickery. One of the most frustrating scams out there right now is called “cramming,” where a telemarketer calls businesses and other … Continue reading

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Your child’s favorite online apps could be putting them at risk

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin offers advice for keeping children safe online The average child spends 2-7½ hours online every day. As a new, younger generation increasingly use their mobile device to … Continue reading

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BBB Warning: ‘Cryptolocker’ is latest breed of computer malware

Malware program holds personal information for ransom   Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning consumers of a malware program that accesses your personal computer and holds it hostage. A release by … Continue reading

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FTC shuts down mystery shopper scam, bans defendants from selling work-at-home opportunities

Work-at-home opportunities are tempting, but unfortunately, the industry can be a risky one for consumers. BBB has warned about the work-at-home industry in the past. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently obtained settlements from several businesses and individuals, shutting down … Continue reading

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Don’t lose money on fad weight-loss products

It’s a sad fact of life that there’s no easy way to lose weight. You’ll probably have to eat less and exercise more. There’s no shortage of people trying to sell us “easy” weight loss, however. The Federal Trade Commission … Continue reading

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FTC settles with NY company over Funeral Home Rule violation

Funeral arrangements are the last thing most of us want to think about as we go about our daily lives. Unfortunately though, there are funeral homes who will take advantage of grieving relatives when selling caskets and other items. The … Continue reading

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FTC cracks down on pushy telemarketers for pushing fake designer products, threatening consumers

There’s nothing wrong with “cheap” products, as long as the price is cheap and you know what you’re getting. But being charged a designer price for shoddy merchandise is another matter. At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a … Continue reading

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