FTC Information and Alerts

  • Product reviews: you’re free to speak your mind

    Feb 22, 2017 | 15:11 pm

    Here’s some good news for everyone who likes to write — and read — product reviews. A new federal law says businesses can't use contracts that prevent you from writing a truthful comment, or penalize you if you do.

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  • Military Saves Week Twitter chat

    Feb 22, 2017 | 05:00 am

    Military Saves Week is February 27 through March 4.  Join @MilConsumer for a Twitter chat today with @Military Saves as we talk about how servicemembers and military families can boost their savings.

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  • Global Connect technical support scam, part 2

    Feb 21, 2017 | 22:46 pm

    Last fall, the FTC shut down an operation called Global Connect, which sent deceptive pop-up messages to people’s computers. The pop-ups claimed the computers had problems when they really didn’t, and the operators scared thousands of people into paying hundreds[…]

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  • FTC works to get you funeral price information

    Feb 16, 2017 | 18:58 pm

    When the FTC wants to know whether funeral homes are following the Funeral Rule and giving people the required price information about funeral products and services, it sends undercover investigators into funeral homes. The investigators pretend to be someone who[…]

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  • Scam money runners

    Feb 15, 2017 | 13:12 pm

    When you hear about people getting scammed into wiring money, do you ever wonder who’s picking the money up on the other end?In the case of people scammed by certain call centers in India, the answer was employees of PHLG[…]

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  • FTC schools student loan debt collectors

    Feb 14, 2017 | 22:03 pm

    If you’ve defaulted on a federal student loan, chances are you’ll hear from a debt collector. Debt collectors must obey the law when trying to find people who owe money. One student loan debt collector — GC Services, LP —[…]

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  • Keeping track of your magazine subscriptions

    Feb 9, 2017 | 14:17 pm

    I enjoy reading magazines related to my hobbies, for trends and inspiration. But sometimes I get overwhelmed by renewal notices. Keeping track of the expiration dates for my magazine subscriptions can get confusing, especially when I get multiple renewal notices[…]

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  • $2.59 million in refunds for Mercola tanning beds

    Feb 7, 2017 | 14:24 pm

    Today, checks went out to 1,367 people who bought a Mercola tanning system after January 1, 2012. Why’s that? Well, in April 2016, the FTC announced a settlement with Joseph Mercola and his companies because, according to the FTC, the[…]

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  • VIZIO Settlement:Smart TVs should not track your shows without your O.K.

    Feb 6, 2017 | 13:52 pm

    For decades, only you knew the television programs you watched from your living room. That’s starting to change. The FTC recently explored this at its Smart TV workshop. The data generated when you watch television can reveal a lot about you and[…]

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  • Stratford refunds for H.S. “diploma” program

    Feb 3, 2017 | 12:10 pm

    Did you get a high school “diploma” from Stratford Career Institute or are you currently enrolled in its high school program? If so, you want to read this. Last February, the FTC sued Stratford Career Institute for misleading advertising of its high school program. Today, the FTC announcedd that Stratford has agreed to return money to people it deceived.[…]

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  • The Des Moines County Emergency Management Agency needs you!

    The Des Moines County Emergency Management Agency needs you! On April 8, 2017 the Des Moines County Emergency Excercise is taking place in West Burlington.  Volunteers are needed for simulated victims / patients Volunteers need to be in good health physically and medically.  The minimum age is 11...