Millions Of Spam Text Messages Lead To $4.2 Million Fine

Millions Of Spam Text Messages Lead To $4.2 Million Fine

Everyone loves getting a $1,000 gift card to their favorite store, but promises of that kind, especially those in text format, are generally a scam. At least that was the case for millions of consumers who received text messages from marketing scammers promising free gift cards to Walmart, Target, Best Buy and other retailers. [More]

FTC: Marketers Deceived Consumers About BrainStrong Supplement’s Memory Improvement Claims

FTC: Marketers Deceived Consumers About BrainStrong Supplement’s Memory Improvement Claims

When a supplement sounds too good to be true, it mostly likely is. And deceiving consumers about a product’s wondrous powers isn’t looked upon lightly by federal regulators. The marketers of BrainStrong Adult dietary supplement found that out the hard way. [More]

FTC: Shady Collection Practices Cost California Auto Lender $5.5 Million

FTC: Shady Collection Practices Cost California Auto Lender $5.5 Million

If you can’t collect the nice way, then don’t collect at all. In this case, a national subprime auto lender caught using unsavory tactics to collect and service consumer loans must pay $5.5 million and change its ways to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. [More]

Lice Prevention Product Company Settles With FTC Over False Advertising Claims

Lice Prevention Product Company Settles With FTC Over False Advertising Claims

Any parent who’s had the horror of hearing their kid come home and proudly proclaim, “There’s lice at school!” would likely love to prevent such a thing in any possible way. But that’s not reality, unless you make your kid wear a swimming cap to school every day. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission charged one company with false advertising, after it touted its products as “lice prevention” tools. [More]

FTC Asks Congress To Require Transparency From Data Brokers

FTC Asks Congress To Require Transparency From Data Brokers

Who would you say knows the most about you? Your family or friends, perhaps? Wrong. You likely have never met – and will never meet – the people who know the most about you: data brokers. These companies follow your every move on- and off-line to collect billions of data points about your life in an attempt to better target you for marketing campaigns and fraud prevention, among other things. [More]

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FTC Shuts Down Texas Debt Collector Who Threatened To Arrest Consumers

Debt collection is a generally unsavory operation. Thankfully, there’s now one less scummy, lying collector calling consumers. A Houston-based company is out of business and must pay $1.4 million after being charged with unsavory practices. [More]

FTC To NJ, Missouri: Please Don’t Block Tesla & Others From Selling Cars Directly To Consumers

FTC To NJ, Missouri: Please Don’t Block Tesla & Others From Selling Cars Directly To Consumers

After lawmakers in New Jersey and Missouri both recently proposed regulations that would prohibit car companies like Tesla Motors from selling vehicles directly to consumers instead of through independent dealers, the Federal Trade Commission is weighing in with comments for legislators in those states, urging them to consider abandoning existing laws and change things up a bit. . [More]

FTC Continues Crackdown On Companies That Make False ‘Green’ Promises About Products

FTC Continues Crackdown On Companies That Make False ‘Green’ Promises About Products

Sometimes consumers make purchases based on the fact that the product is good for the environment, or at least won’t wreak havoc on it. So misleading consumers on the nature of a products natural composition is grounds for a slap on the wrist by the Federal Trade Commission. [More]

Ads Offering Tax-Relief Are Full Of Broken Promises, Just Want Your Money

Ads Offering Tax-Relief Are Full Of Broken Promises, Just Want Your Money

This may not come as a surprise to any of you, but those ads on the radio that offer to settle your debt to the Internal Revenue Service for a fraction of the bill may be a scam. [More]

Yelp’s Controversial Business Tactics Contribute To 2,000 Complaints Received by FTC

Yelp’s Controversial Business Tactics Contribute To 2,000 Complaints Received by FTC

Consumers head to Yelp to provide and/or peruse the praise and criticism left by other users about local businesses. But the tables have turned a bit with thousands of people taking their complaints about Yelp and its business practices to federal regulators. [More]

FTC: Deceptive Debt Collectors Must Pay $3.3 Million In Consumer Refunds

FTC: Deceptive Debt Collectors Must Pay $3.3 Million In Consumer Refunds

We here at Consumerist are always a little happy when deceptive debt collection businesses get what’s coming to ‘em from the Federal Trade Commission. But those feelings grow exponentially when we find out said company will be forking over millions of dollars to refund abused consumers. [More]

Beware Of Scammers Using The Washington Mudslide To Profit Off Your Generosity

Beware Of Scammers Using The Washington Mudslide To Profit Off Your Generosity

As the Washington mudslide death toll continues to rise and many people remain missing, you may feel the urge to donate to charities poised to help the victims. Donating to the cause is commendable, but unfortunately there are evil people in this world who take one person’s misfortune and use it for their personal gain. So the Federal Trade Commission is once again reminding consumers to be wary of charity scams. [More]

Organization Promising Fraud Protection Scams $20 Million From Senior Citizens

Organization Promising Fraud Protection Scams $20 Million From Senior Citizens

Scamming people is wrong. Scamming senior citizens is immoral, disrespectful, and a number of other adjectives. Still, there are companies in the world that prey on the elderly. The Federal Trade Commission has put a stop to one such organizations that bilked more than $20 million from seniors. [More]

8 Tips To Get The Best Bargains On Your Next Outlet Shopping Trip

8 Tips To Get The Best Bargains On Your Next Outlet Shopping Trip

Everyone loves scoring a great deal, right? Outlet malls are the perfect place to do just that. With warmer weather on the way, it’s the perfect time for a wardrobe or living room update. But how do you know you’re getting the best bargain possible? [More]

Most Debt Collector Complaints Made By Consumers Being Hounded For Money They Don’t Owe

Most Debt Collector Complaints Made By Consumers Being Hounded For Money They Don’t Owe

We’re not sure how many times we’ve said it, but it’s worth repeating: Debt collectors are the worst. It’s not just that they’re often rude and occasionally violate the law. What really puts collection agencies at the bottom of the barrel is the fact that they consistently go after debt that consumers simply don’t owe. [More]

Judge Rules Payday Lender With Tribal Affiliation Has To Play By FTC Rules

Judge Rules Payday Lender With Tribal Affiliation Has To Play By FTC Rules

Predatory payday lenders can no longer escape federal regulators by claiming affiliations with American Indian tribes. A U.S. District Court handed the Federal Trade Commission a significant victory in the crackdown of such deceptive payday lenders. [More]

FTC Shuts Down Debt Collecting Scheme That Pretended To Be From The Government

FTC Shuts Down Debt Collecting Scheme That Pretended To Be From The Government

Debt collectors have been known to intimidate, deceive and even threaten to take your children away when trying to separate you from your hard-earned cash. Just remember, it’s illegal for the collectors to threaten to arrest you, and it’s definitely illegal for them to pretend to be from the government in order to make you pay up. However, it’s those same tactics that have a New York-based company in hot water. [More]

Home Security Company To Pay $3.4 Million Over Alleged Violation of “Do Not Call” Rules

Home Security Company To Pay $3.4 Million Over Alleged Violation of “Do Not Call” Rules

When they say do not call, they mean do not call. One Massachusetts-based home security company didn’t follow those easy instructions and is now facing a hefty fine and slap on the wrist from federal regulators. [More]