FTC

1.2 Million Returned to Consumers Harmed by Deceptive Mortgage Loan Modification Scams

he Federal Trade Commission is sending more than $1.2 million in refunds to consumers who lost money to Consumer Defense, a deceptive mortgage modification scheme.   The FTC is sending payments to 6,261 consumers, who will receive $201.34 each. Recipients should cash their checks within 90 days, as indicated on the check. Consumers who have …

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$3 Million Returned to Businesses that Paid for HomeAdvisor Memberships as a Result of Deceptive Practices

The Federal Trade Commission is sending more than $3 million in refunds to businesses that paid for memberships to HomeAdvisor, Inc., a company affiliated with Angi (formerly known as Angie’s List). The agency is also sending claim forms to businesses that are eligible for additional refunds. The refunds stem from FTC allegations that HomeAdvisor used …

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$857,000 Returned To Consumers Harmed by Napleton Auto’s Junk Fees and Discriminatory Practices

The Federal Trade Commission is sending a second round of payments totaling more than $857,000 to consumers who were harmed by Illinois-based Napleton Automotive Group’s junk fees and discriminatory practices. The agency is sending 37,034 checks in this mailing. Recipients should cash checks within 90 days. Consumers who have questions about their refund should call …

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Don’t let scammers poach your pension and disability benefits

Applying for VA benefits is free and you can also get legitimate free help. How can you protect your benefits and get free help filing your claim?  If you want help with applying for benefits, use VA-accredited agents, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), or accredited attorneys. Start by confirming that the person helping you is accredited by the …

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$7 Million in Refunds to Consumers Harmed by Medical Discount Plans Sold as Health Insurance

The Federal Trade Commission is sending nearly $7 million in refunds to consumers who paid for health insurance but instead got medical discount plans pitched by Consumer Health Benefits Association (CHBA). According to the FTC’s complaint against CHBA, related entities, and their owners, the company targeted consumers who searched online for information about affordable health insurance plans. …

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18 Million in Refunds for Brigit Consumers Harmed by Deceptive Promises About Cash Advances

The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against personal finance app provider Brigit, alleging that its promises of “instant” cash advances of up to $250 for people living paycheck-to-paycheck were deceptive and that the company locked consumers into a $9.99 monthly membership they couldn’t cancel. Brigit, also known as Bridge It, Inc., has agreed to …

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Ameritech Forced to Pay 9 Million For Student Loan Debt Relief Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are sending more than $9 million in refunds to consumers who lost money to Ameritech Financial, a student loan debt relief scheme operated by Brandon Frere, who was convicted of criminal charges in connection with the scheme. The FTC is sending payments to 22,562 consumers. Most …

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