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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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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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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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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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Arete Financial: Another Student Loan Debt Relief Company Bites The Dust. 3.3 Million Returned to Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling more than $3.3 million to consumers who were harmed by Arete Financial Group, a student loan debt relief operation that tricked consumers into making illegal upfront payments by pretending to be affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education and falsely promising student loan debt relief. In reality, …

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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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