The FTC brings lawsuits to stop unfair and deceptive business practices. One way we help right those wrongs is by getting refunds to people who lost money. And from July 2017 to June 2018, people got more than $2.3 billion in refunds from FTC cases.
Earlier this week, the FTC released our annual report announcing these results. A new map shows how much money and how many checks the FTC mailed to each state, so you can see the FTC refunds sent to people in your area. You also can find out how the FTC knows who should get refunds and the steps we take to return as much money as possible.
Getting your money back is important to you — so it’s important to us. We can’t get money back in every case, and we can’t always get every dollar that people lost. But we do our best.
Check out ftc.gov/refunds to learn about active FTC refund programs. And help us get the word out about refunds by sharing that link with your family, friends, and community.
If you spot a scam, report it at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. We use these reports to go after companies who have defrauded consumers and sometimes to identify people who lost money to businesses we sued.
The purpose of this blog and its comments section is to inform readers about Federal Trade Commission activity, and share information to help them avoid, report, and recover from fraud, scams, and bad business practices. Your thoughts, ideas, and concerns are welcome, and we encourage comments. But keep in mind, this is a moderated blog. We review all comments before they are posted, and we won’t post comments that don’t comply with our commenting policy. We expect commenters to treat each other and the blog writers with respect.
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You can follow the link in the blog to read the full report.
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If you reported a problem to the FTC, the information you gave was added to a secure database. The FTC and other law enforcement agencies across the country use the information in that database for investigations. There might be other state or federal agencies you could contact, depending on your experience. You can send another blog comment if you want more information.
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You can file a complaint with the FTC at www.FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.
In reply to WHAT ABOUT THE CASE AGAINST by Giggles777
On May 10, 2018 the FTC announced that Scott Cooper and his companies, World Patent Marketing Inc. and Desa Industries Inc., agreed to a settlement with the FTC that bans them from the invention promotion business. The settlement order imposed a judgment of $25,987,192 that would be partially suspended when $78,670 in frozen funds were transferred to the FTC and Cooper paid $976,330. There is a press release about this at www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2018/05/ftc-settlement-will-ban-fraudulent-marketers-invention-promotion.
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You can report a problem with a business to the FTC. Go to www.FTC.gov/Complaint to give details of what happened. The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. The FTC will not serve as your personal attorney.
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If a business doesn't provide what it advertised, you can tell the FTC about that. Report it to the FTC at www.FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.
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If you want to file a complaint with the FTC, go to www.FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give at www.FTC.gov/Complaint goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.
The comments you send to this blog don't go into the secure law enforcement database.
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He is not telling the truth. The UN means United Nations, and United Nations people will not come and beat you or kill you.
He wants to scare you and take more of your money. He is probably far away from you. If anyone comes to your house and you are scared, you can call the police.
When someone threatens you online or on the phone, you can block him. You can stop texting or emailing. You should get a new bank account number and new credit card so he can't take your money. You can ignore him if he texts you from a new number.
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You can call the Identity Theft Resource Center at 1-888-400-5530. The Center is a non-profit organization that helps victims of identity theft. Someone used your name to get a loan, and that makes you a victim of identity theft.
You can also talk to a Legal Aid lawyer in your state. You can search for a Legal Aid lawyer close to you with at www.lsc.gov/what-legal-aid/find-legal-aid.
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