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Whose Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance Provides Coverage and When

What is PIP Insurance? Florida is 1 of only 2 states that still requires PIP insurance.  A bill recently passed by both the Florida house and senate to eliminate PIP, but the govern vetoed the bill for unknown reasons.  PIP is provided up to $10,000.00 insurance coverage primarily for medical bills, lost wages and death …

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Action to Stop Credit Karma From Tricking Consumers With Allegedly False “Pre-Approved” Credit Offers

The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against credit services company Credit Karma for deploying dark patterns to misrepresent that consumers were “pre-approved” for credit card offers. The FTC alleges that the company used claims that consumers were “pre-approved” and had “90% odds” to entice them to apply for offers that, in many instances, they ultimately did …

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Did you hear about the student loan announcements? Scammers did, too.

You’ve probably already heard about the new government plan that will forgive some federal student loans, once it’s up and running. Also in the news: the federal student loan payment pause has been extended to December 31, 2022. But scammers are watching the news, too, so know this: you don’t need to do anything or …

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$21,000 Returned to Consumers Who Bought Deceptively Marketed CBD Products from Kushly Industries

The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments to 576 consumers nationwide who bought deceptively marketed cannabidiol (CBD) products from Arizona-based Kushly Industries LLC. In total, the FTC is returning almost $21,000 to consumers deceived by Kushly’s false or unsubstantiated claims about its CBD products, averaging $36 each. Consumers will receive either a PayPal payment or a check in the …

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Free COVID test scam targets people on Medicare

Scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a fake offer to get “free COVID tests.” They’re calling and running websites, online and television ads to try to convince people to give their Medicare information. But if you give them your information, they’ll bill fraudulent charges to Medicare. Complaints are mounting from many Medicare recipients who …

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More than $822,000 Returned to Students Deceived by Student Advocates’ Debt Relief Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is sending 14,521 checks totaling more than $822,000 to borrowers who lost money to a student loan debt-relief scheme that operated under the name Student Advocates. Consumers who receive checks should cash them within 90 days, as indicated on the check. Recipients who have questions about their refund should call the …

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FTC Returns More Than $9.7 Million To Consumers Harmed by LendingClub’s Deceptive Hidden Fees

The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling more than $9.7 million to 61,990 consumers who were charged hidden fees by LendingClub Corporation. These payments are the result of a claims process conducted by the FTC in February 2022. It is the second distribution of funds in this matter and brings the total amount refunded to consumers …

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Contacted About a Long-lost Relative’s Inheritance? Hold on a Minute!

The FTC has been getting reports of people getting letters in the mail from a law firm. They are, they say, looking for the heir of a multi-million-dollar inheritance. And they think it might be you. (Spoiler alert: it’s not.) Here’s what they offer: they’ll split the inheritance between you, their law firm, and some …

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