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The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it has brought 191 actions against companies offering fraudulent timeshare resale services and phony travel prizes. "Our response to recent travel fraud and timeshare resale scams is loud and clear,"...
You make concerted efforts to safeguard information from identity thieves — keeping bank card passwords concealed, buying online goods solely from secure websites and refusing to furnish personal information to anyone you don't know. Adults and...
Consumers continue to get dinged and, worse, surprised by "resort" fees that often aren't quoted upfront in the hotel booking process. This one lump-sum fee often covers such items as phone calls, bottled water, Internet access, access to the pool or...
The mouthguard company Brain-Pad Inc. never claimed that its products prevent concussions. Instead, advertisements have long promised that the devices can "reduce the risk" of a head injury and create "brain safety space." But even these nuanced...
If you bought Skechers Shape-ups or the company’s other toning shoes but still, somehow, have a flabby rear end, here’s your chance to apply for a refund. Skechers USA Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges by federal...
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Visa have established a joint effort to warn consumers about timeshare resale fraud. Timeshare resale scams have generated a lot of consumer complaints: the FTC says they've "more than doubled in recent years" and the...
Content ManagerThe Attorneys General from 44 states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission have reached a settlement with the shoe company Skechers USA, Inc. which resolves claims the company made about their product. S kechers advertised that their...
The Hartford CourantWith the possible exception of mold, mice and in-laws, nothing is more difficult to get rid of than a timeshare. Scammers have found steady revenue by telling prospective timeshare sellers they've found a buyer. All it takes, of course, is an upfront fee...
The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit accusing several California auto loan modification operations of deceiving consumers with false promises and then leaving their cars to be repossessed. The agency alleged that Hope for Car Owners in Folsom and...
Watchdog with Paul MuschickIt probably won't shock you that a top source of complaints to the Watchdog is car sales. Customers have come to me with all sorts of problems with both new and used car deals, including issues with dealers failing to......
Reebok spokesman Dan Sarro responded to the FTC settlement: "We stand behind our EasyTone technology – the first shoe in the toning category that was inspired by balance-ball training. Settling does not mean we agree with the FTC’s...
ReutersSuper-sized Four Loko drinks, beloved by college students as a "blackout in a can," have the same amount of alcohol as four to five beers, and packaging that compares them to one or two beers will be changed under a U.S. government settlement. The...
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