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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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$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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Bank of America Must Return $100 Million to Customers for Double Dipping and Improper Fees

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Bank of America to pay more than $100 million to customers for systematically double-dipping on fees imposed on customers with insufficient funds in their account, withholding reward bonuses explicitly promised to credit card customers, and misappropriating sensitive personal information to open accounts without customer knowledge or authorization. …

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Publishers Clearing House to Pay 18 Million Settlement for Misleading Consumers

As a result of a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit, Publishers Clearing House (PCH) has agreed to a proposed court order that will require it to pay $18.5 million to consumers who spent money and wasted their time, and make substantial changes to how it conducts business online. In a complaint against PCH, the FTC charges that the company …

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$557,000 Returned to Consumers Harmed by Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling more than $557,000 to consumers who paid money to GDP Network, LLC (YF Solution), a Florida-based telemarketing company that promised credit card interest rate reductions and regularly failed to deliver. The FTC is sending checks to 611 consumers. Recipients should cash their checks within 90 days as …

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$16.7 Million Judgment Secured Against Response Marketing Group, LLC For Deceptive Real Estate Training Program

As a result of a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission and the Utah Division of Consumer Protection (DCP), the principals of a Utah-based real estate investment training company will pay $15 million and be banned from selling money-making opportunities under a court order they have agreed to. In addition, two of the primary real …

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