Tag Archives: FTC

IWorks Free Trial Scammers Settle, Surrender Millions

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In 2010, the FTC sued Jeremy Johnson, his company IWorks, and nine others for allegedly taking more than $280 million from people with a deceptive “free trial” scheme. Now Johnson, his family members, and more than two dozen corporate defendants have settled FTC charges and will give up millions of dollars in cash, stock, jewelry, aircraft, real estate and other assets. In a separate criminal case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, Johnson was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after a federal jury in Utah convicted him of making false statements to a bank in connection with the IWorks scheme.

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FTC Action: Debt Collector Banned from Debt Collection Business

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Beware of Phony Debt Collectors The head of an unlawful debt collection operation is banned from that business under a court order obtained by the Federal Trade Commission. The court granted the FTC’s request for summary judgment on all counts against Gail Daniels and The Primary Group Inc. charged in an action filed by the agency in May 2015. The court found that defendants had deceived consumers via text messages, emails and phone calls that falsely threatened consumers with arrest or lawsuits if they did not make debt collection payments. The court previously had halted the scheme and frozen the defendants’ assets pending litigation.

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Oracle Reaches Landmark Settlement with FTC Over Java Updates

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Oracle has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers about the security provided by updates to its Java Platform, Standard Edition software (Java SE), which is installed on more than 850 million personal computers. Under the terms of a proposed consent order, Oracle will be required to give consumers the ability to easily uninstall insecure, older versions of Java SE.

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Beware of Scammers Claiming You Owe Fine for Missing Jury Duty

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Jury Duty Scam Alert Scammers are big on hiding behind fake names and titles. Some pretend to work in government or law enforcement to sound more credible. In fact, we’ve heard from hundreds of people who got calls from fake ‘court officials’ about jury duty. In the calls, fraudsters claimed to be court officers, accused people of skipping jury duty and said they had to pay a fine immediately or face arrest. If you get a call like that, hang up. That’s not a real official calling.

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Employers and Individuals Beware of Fake Debt Collectors

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Consumers across the country report that they’re getting telephone calls from people trying to collect on loans the consumers never received or on loans they did receive but for amounts they do not owe. Others are receiving calls from people seeking to recover on loans consumers received but where the creditors never authorized the callers to collect for them. So what’s the story?

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FTC Returns Money to Consumers Tricked into Buying Phony Health Insurance

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The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 6,832 checks totaling more than $1.1 million to consumers who lost money to a health insurance scam. In 2012, the FTC charged the Independent Association of Businesses (IAB) and Health Service Providers (HSP) defendants with violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule by deceiving consumers seeking comprehensive health insurance. Instead of health coverage, consumers received membership in IAB, an obscure trade association that provided purported discounts on services such as identity-theft protection, travel, and roadside assistance, and some healthcare related benefits that were subject to broad exclusions and limitations.

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