Do Not Call Registrations Do Not Expire

Someone pretending to be from the FTC is sending out fake emails telling people that their Do Not Call registration is expiring. The emails use the FTC’s logo and send people to a phony Do Not Call website to register their numbers again. Don’t buy it. Do Not Call registrations never expire. Once you add a number to the Do Not Call Registry, you don’t […]

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FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling $533,000 to Victims of Mortgage Relief Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 862 refund checks totaling more than $533,000 to consumers deceived by a phony mortgage relief scheme allegedly perpetrated by a company called A to Z Marketing, Inc. Starting today, many homeowners who paid for the bogus “service” will receive refunds, with the average check totaling $619.24 and representing 26 percent of the money consumers lost. According to the FTC’s December […]

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It’s Time to Start Believing

During the holiday season, we see signs and posters exclaiming the precious and sacred word “Believe.” Children are admired for their unjaded and wholehearted belief and faith in what they are told. Unfortunately, children are rarely given this same curtesy. Anna Salters PhD., interviewed countless child abusers. In 100% of her interviews, the child reported the child abuse to an adult and they were ignored. […]

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Child Advocacy: The Impact of Child Abuse on the Brain

Over the past few years, studies have shown a correlation between severe childhood abuse and increased depression, high levels of impulsivity, aggression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide. The McGill University in Canada, sought out to discover the physical differences between a child abuse victim’s brain and the brain of someone who has not experienced childhood abuse. The study revealed how child abuse victims have a […]

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Caller ID Spoofing: Scammers Can Fake Anyone’s Phone Number

Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they’re someone who can be trusted. The practice is called caller ID spoofing, and scammers can fake anyone’s phone number. The FTC got reports that scammers are spoofing the FTC’s Consumer Response Center’s phone number (877-382-4357). But don’t let that stop you from reporting scammers — it’s still safe to call the Consumer […]

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Rampant Child Abuse in Florida’s Juvenile Residential Facilities

The Miami Harold this week reported on the countless accounts of child sexual abuse that have and are occurring in Florida’s Juvenile Residential Facilities. Predators specifically target vulnerable children. They look for children who are unlikely to be believed; children who are unsupervised. Unfortunately, Juvenile Residential Facilities present ideal situations for sexual predators. Too often, just like the cases in the Miami Harold’s latest report, […]

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Fat Burning, Weight Loss Supplement “Free Trial” Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 227,000 refund checks totaling more than $9.8 million to people who bought “fat burning” and “weight loss” products and other dietary supplements, DVDs, or skin creams, including Pure Green Coffee Bean Plus and RKG Extreme, from Health Formulas LLC and related companies. The average refund amount is $43. According to the FTC’s October 2014 complaint, Health Formulas LLC, its owners, […]

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Organic Baby Mattress Scam: Moonlight Slumber, LLC

Some parents will spend top dollar for the comfort or safety rating, while others may invest in an organic label. But what if a company makes claims it can’t support? According to the FTC, one company, Moonlight Slumber, LLC, deceptively advertised its mattresses as organic and labeled its products with a safety shield it invented. The FTC’s first misleading organic bedding complaint has details. Moonlight […]

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FTC Cracks Down on Companies for Billing for Unordered Merchandise

An office supplier and its owner will pay $7 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they tricked child care centers, schools, and police and fire departments into paying for products they never ordered. “Billing for unordered merchandise is against the law, and small businesses like those affected here are under no obligation to return or pay for items they did not order,” said […]

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What to Do If You Are Injured at Walmart or Any Other Big Box Store

Most of us know someone that has been injured in a store due to a trip or slip and fall.  In 2005, Walmart was sued over 5,000 times for injuries.  In 2013, one individual who fractured their neck, back, elbow and hand obtained a verdict of $11,250,000.00 against Wal-Mart because an employee mopped and left the floor wet without putting up any wet floor signs. […]

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