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  • Abusive debt collector "took deception to new lows," authorities say

     
    There is no shortage of debt collection scams out there. I've written about many of them. But this one is particularly egregious, authorities say. The scam was run out of New York by a network of companies and individuals that......
  • A reminder to think twice about buying health products that promise amazing results

     
    The old adage about offers sounding too good to be true should be on your mind all the time, but especially when you see products advertised as cures for your ailments. The Federal Trade Commission said a court recently ordered......
  • FTC opens inquiry into Herbalife

    The rancorous battle over Herbalife's business practices took a critical turn as the company revealed that it is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. Herbalife did not reveal details of the probe, but the Los Angeles nutritional...
  • Supreme Court seems inclined to bolster truth-in-labeling laws

    WASHINGTON — In a case that could strengthen truth-in-labeling laws, Supreme Court justices on Monday voiced deep skepticism about Coca-Cola's Pomegranate Blueberry juice that is 99.4% apple and grape juice, saying the name would probably fool...
  • What did federal agencies do for travelers in 2013?

    What did federal agencies do for travelers in 2013?
    Ask travelers what the federal government did for them this year, and you'll probably get a shrug, at best -- or a rant about sequestration, national park closings and the Transportation Security Administration, at worst. But there's actually a...
  • Are hidden hotel fees about to check out?

    Are hidden hotel fees about to check out?
    After Jane Hatch selected the room rate she wanted at the West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor, Me., the hotel website delivered an unpleasant surprise on the next screen: The quoted price hadn't included a $25-per-day "resort and club fee" that gave Hatch...
  • Marketer admits sending millions of deceptive spam text messages

    A Wisconsin man has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that he sent millions of unwanted and misleading text messages to consumers with bogus offers of "free" gift cards and electronics. The FTC had accused Jason Q....
  • FTC orders weight-loss firm Sensa Products to return $26.5 million

    FTC orders weight-loss firm Sensa Products to return $26.5 million
    The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday cracked down on Sensa Products, an El Segundo company that sells a weight-loss powder that users sprinkle on food to help curb their appetite. The powder, which is marketed as activating the part of the brain that...
  • FTC cracks down on California weight-loss firm for deceptive marketing

    FTC cracks down on California weight-loss firm for deceptive marketing
    Federal regulators Tuesday ordered a California-based fad weight-loss company to return $26.5 million to consumers who bought its product — a sprinkle-on powder for food that promised users would lose weight without exercising. Sensa Products,...
  • Mortgage relief firms agree to pay $3.6 million for alleged scam

    Mortgage relief firms agree to pay $3.6 million for alleged scam
    WASHINGTON -- A web of Florida-based companies and their operators have agreed to pay nearly $3.6 million to settle allegations that it bilked homeowners in a nationwide mortgage relief scam, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. The settlement...
  • Aaron's agrees to stop spying on computer renters

    Aaron’s Inc., a rent-to-own retailer, has agreed to stop using software to secretly spy on and photograph customers who rented computers. The Federal Trade Commission had accused Aaron's and its franchisees of using software to monitor customers'...