On September 8, the FTC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) issued an initial decision finding that a company providing tax filing software services engaged in deceptive advertising practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act. In March of 2022, the FTC filed an administrative complaint alleging that the company’s advertisements misled consumers into believing that any user could file their taxes for free on the company’s platform, when in reality, the free service offerings were only available to approximately one third of tax filers.Continue Reading FTC Judge Orders Tax Filing Software Company to Stop Advertising Products as “Free”
On September 11, the FTC announced that it had reached a settlement with two “people-search” companies which would resolve charges that the companies had engaged in practices that violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). The California-based defendants market “people-search” services, allowing users to search unlimited background reports on individuals, and charge monthly subscription fees to view the full reports. Searches can be run using an individual’s name and/or city and state of residence.Continue Reading FTC Settles FCRA Suit Against “People-Search” Companies
On September 1, the FTC issued an administrative complaint and consent order alleging that a credit services company harmed consumers by making false claims of “pre-approved” credit offers, enticing many consumers to apply for offers they ultimately did not qualify for and unnecessary credit checks.
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On February 28, the FTC announced that the operators of an alleged credit card interest rate reduction scam will be permanently banned from the debt relief industry as part of court orders resolving charges by the FTC and the Florida AG. The FTC and Florida AG alleged that the operators engaged in deceptive and abusive practices violating the FTC Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act in selling credit card interest rate reduction services to consumers. According to the joint complaint, the operators made telephone calls claiming to permanently and substantially reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates, posed as the consumers’ credit card company representatives or affiliates and allegedly claimed they could save consumers thousands of dollars in credit card interest and enable them to pay off their debt faster. According to the FTC, the operators left people even deeper in debt after they paid upfront fees of between $995 and $4995, as well as substantial fees to transfer their existing debts to new cards.
Continue Reading FTC Bans Operators of Alleged Debt Relief Scam, $5.3M penalty