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FTC Returns More Than $9.7 Million To Consumers Harmed by LendingClub’s Deceptive Hidden Fees

The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling more than $9.7 million to 61,990 consumers who were charged hidden fees by LendingClub Corporation. These payments are the result of a claims process conducted by the FTC in February 2022. It is the second distribution of funds in this matter and brings the total amount refunded to consumers …

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Contacted About a Long-lost Relative’s Inheritance? Hold on a Minute!

The FTC has been getting reports of people getting letters in the mail from a law firm. They are, they say, looking for the heir of a multi-million-dollar inheritance. And they think it might be you. (Spoiler alert: it’s not.) Here’s what they offer: they’ll split the inheritance between you, their law firm, and some …

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Action Against Benefytt Results in $100 Million in Refunds for Consumers Tricked into Sham Health Plans

The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against healthcare company Benefytt Technologies, two subsidiaries, former CEO Gavin Southwell, and former vice president of sales Amy Brady, for lying to consumers about their sham health insurance plans and using deceptive lead generation websites to lure them in. According to the FTC complaint, Benefytt also illegally charged …

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FTC Returns More Than $1 Million To Consumers Harmed by Global Asset Financial Services Debt Collection Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling more than $1 million to 1,966 consumers who were harmed by a debt collection scheme that conned consumers into paying debts they did not owe. The defendants used several names including GAFS Group, Global Mediation Group, and Mediation Services. Consumers will be recovering all the money they …

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First American, a Payment Processor, is Required to Refund $4.9 Million, End Tricks and Traps

The Federal Trade Commission today took action against payment processing company First American Payment Systems and two of its sales affiliates for trapping small businesses with hidden terms, surprise exit fees, and zombie charges. The FTC alleges that the defendants made false claims about fees and cost savings to lure merchants, many of whom had limited English …

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Military Families Combat Identity Theft Amid Life Transitions

It’s summer, peak moving season for military servicemembers and their families. You’ve got enough on your plate without having to worry about identity theft. But the reality is scammers are getting more and more clever with their tactics to swindle members of the military community. In fact, five years of identity theft data reported to the FTC …

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FTC Returns More Than $970,000 To Consumers Harmed by Deceptive Payday Lending Operation

The Federal Trade Commission is sending 26,698 checks totaling more than $970,000 to consumers who were harmed by a deceptive payday lending scheme that operated under the names Harvest Moon Financial, Gentle Breeze Online, and Green Stream Lending. Consumers who receive checks should cash them within 90 days, as indicated on the check. Recipients who …

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