DeVry agrees to pay $100 million to settle FTC charges

DeVry University and its parent company has agreed to a $100 million settlement after a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit alleged they misled prospective students with advertisements that touted high employment success rates and income levels upon graduating.

Scam alert: Fake FTC email pops up again

Just when you thought you’d never see a scam again, it pops right back up. That’s what the Federal Trade Commission is saying about a scam they first talked about in 2015. The scam works like this.

Telemarketing scammers get sued by FTC for promising free money

The Federal Trade Commission announced they are suing a Phoenix-based telemarketing company that allegedly tricked consumers out of millions of dollars. According to the FTC, different business names  like Federal Government Grant Assistance Center, US Federal Grant Department, Amazon.com Associates Program, and Amazon Affiliate Program were used to trick seniors, veterans, and debt-laden consumers into believing they could…

Protection from Zika? Not so fast says FTC

With all the news around the globe regarding the Zika virus, some companies seemed to have tried to convince consumers their products can offer protection. However, earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission sent  10 warning letters to online marketers selling products that say they offer protection from the virus. According to the FTC, the letters…

What VW’s settlement means for car owners

If you’ve seen the news recently, you’ll know that Volkswagen has agreed to a settlement with the EPA, the California Attorney General, the California Air Resources Board, the Federal Trade Commission, and current vehicle owners/lessees and certain former vehicle owners/lessees in the U.S. Why you may ask? VW claimed 500,000 cars had low levels of harmful emissions, but turns…

FTC stop five companies from labeling products as “all natural”

When consumers read “all natural” they are lead to believe the product contains nothing synthetic. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, five companies did just that in labeling their products as “100% natural” when it was anything but. The FTC alleges ShiKai, Rocky Mountain Suncreen, EDEN BodyWorks, Beyond Coastal, and California Naturel Inc misrepresented their…

FTC warns against new twist of tech-support scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning the public on a new twist to the tech-support scam that tries to gain access to your computer by alleging to fix a computer virus. In this new version, the FTC claims consumers are receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the Global Privacy Enforcement Network. The person on…

Paying for a diploma? FTC halts alleged fake online school

There are several benefits of having a high school diploma. From getting a better job, applying for college, and being eligible for the military. But did you know there is such thing as a diploma mill? What some may think is a real program to earning their diploma, can turn out to be just a scam….

FTC sues DeVry University over job placement claims

A large for-profit college is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly misleading consumers about students’ job and earnings prospects. In their complaint, the FTC said DeVry University stretched the truth by claiming 90% of their graduates who were actively seeking employment landed new jobs in their field of study within six months of…