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The Rise Of Identity Theft: Reports From The Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission reports that the occurrence rate for identity theft incidents is high, and it doesn’t look like that trend will change anytime soon.

08/28/2014

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FTC: Ban On Sunday Car Sales Is Bad For Competition

The Federal Trade Commission says the prohibition on Sunday automobile sales also makes it more difficult for drivers to shop around for the best deal.

03/31/2014

Former infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/International Pool Tour via Getty Images)

After Night In Jail, ‘Penniless’ TV Pitchman Remembered Swiss Account

He claimed he was “penniless and homeless.” But an overnight stay in federal jail seems to have had a remarkable effect on discredited TV pitchman and convicted felon Kevin Trudeau’s memory

11/20/2013

Former infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/International Pool Tour via Getty Images)

Judge Won’t Free TV Pitchman Trudeau From Jail

TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau must stay in jail a bit longer, after again failing to convince a judge he’s done all he can to disclose assets to pay off a $37 million fine.

10/24/2013

Former infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/International Pool Tour via Getty Images)

Judge Orders TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Back To Jail

He wouldn’t talk, so it’s back to jail for TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau for refusing to reveal where he’s hidden millions in ill-gotten gains.

10/16/2013

Former infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/International Pool Tour via Getty Images)

Former Informercial Pitchman Jailed, Accused Of Hiding Assets From Court

Judge Robert Gettleman told Trudeau, 50, of Oak Brook, “This is not an infomercial — you can’t talk your way out of this” after the TV pitchman made an impassioned plea for his freedom.

09/18/2013

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Feds Sue Text Message Spammers

Federal authorities have filed a series of lawsuits against individuals and companies responsible for sending out unsolicited text messages offering free gift cards to popular stores.

03/07/2013

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FTC Sues Robocallers Over $30 Million Scam

The Federal Trade Commission has estimated hundreds of millions of dollars are being collected by robocall scams, and it has sued five companies to stop the practice.

11/01/2012

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Protecting Your Online Privacy With A ‘Do Not Track’ Option

You may have heard of “do not track” or seen new privacy options on your Internet browser, and even on Web ads. But what does it mean, and is your privacy really protected?

CBS 2–07/30/2012

A Skechers Shape-Ups toning shoe endorsed by celebrity Kim Kardashian. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Skechers To Pay $50 Million To Settle Lawsuits Over Toning Shoes

Remember the Skechers “toning” workout shoes that promised the world? Weight loss, improved circulation, even eliminating cellulite? On Wednesday, the company agreed to pay $50 million to settle lawsuits accusing them of misleading advertising.

CBS Chicago–05/16/2012

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FTC Warns Of $5M Debt Collection Phone Scam

It’s a scam so big thousands of people here in Chicago and around the country lost $5,000,000; and the Federal Trade Commission is still adding it up.

CBS 2–02/21/2012

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FTC Cracking Down On Caller ID Spoofing

We’ve all been there. The phone rings during dinner or when you’re putting the kids to bed and it’s a telemarketer. The National Do Not Call Registry was put in place to stop these calls, but some telemarketers are finding a way to get around the law and get you on the phone.

CBS 2–10/26/2011

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FTC, Madigan Sue Açai Berry Marketing Websites

Those “news” websites claiming you can lose 25 pounds in a month with acai berry diets are actually advertisements disguised to appear as legitimate news, according to federal and state authorities.

04/19/2011

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Senator Calls Helmet Company ‘Misleading’ And ‘Deceptive’

This season, head injuries have been a huge topic of conversation in the NFL, college and high school football levels.

01/04/2011

Online Job Scams

With more than 14 million Americans out of work, many people are turning to online job ads to find work they can do from home. But those ads often turn out to be scams and you can lose out on more than just a job.

11/16/2010