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FTC Obtains $6.8 Million Judgment Against Two Individuals in "Free" Credit Report Scheme

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​On October 30, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had obtained a stipulated order for a permanent injunction and monetary judgment against two individuals for allegedly using fake rental property ads to lure consumers to visit websites promising “free” credit reports.  When consumers visited those websites, the individuals allegedly deceived them…

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FTC and Illinois AG Settle With "Phantom" Debt Collectors For $47 Million

​On November 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Illinois Attorney General’s Office (Illinois AG) announced (here and here) that they had reached a settlement to resolve a joint action brought against affiliated Chicago-based debt collectors that allegedly used false and misleading tactics in attempting to collect on payday or other small-dollar loans. The…

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FTC Secures Summary Judgment Over Alleged Fraudulent Mortgage Relief Scheme

On September 20, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  announced that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered summary judgment against two law firms and two individuals for their participation in an allegedly fraudulent mortgage relief scheme. According to the FTC, the law firms misrepresented to consumers that they could obtain monetary recoveries…

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FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets of Debt Collection Operation

​On July 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered a temporary restraining​ order (“TRO”) halting operations and freezing the assets of a debt collection operation, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)​. The FTC charged the defendant company and individuals with violating Section 5(a)…

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FTC Brings Suit Against Debt Collector for "Phantom Debts"

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​​ that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against a North Carolina debt collection company and its owner, alleging that the defendants took money from consumers for fake or “phantom” debts they did not owe. According…

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