Scams

$830,000 Returned to Students Misled by Saint James Medical School’s Deceptive Marketing Claims

The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling more than $830,300 to 1,376 people who began their enrollment at Saint James School of Medicine between Fall 2016 and Summer 2021. The for-profit medical school in the Caribbean and its Illinois-based operators allegedly misled prospective students about their chances of success—both in passing a medical school …

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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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