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Work-at-home schemer settles

Posted by: Jane Friedmann under Advertising claims, Businesses in hot water, Buyer beware, Scams, Whistleblower Updated: July 22, 2013 - 2:58 PM

 A California man has been banned from selling work-at-home opportunities after he misled his customers or didn’t give them any information at all, the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday.

Christopher A. Sterling,  doing business as sterlingvisa.com, rebatedataprocessor.com  and creditcardworker.com is also banned from selling other business opportunities covered by the FTC's Business Opportunity Rule.

Sterling falsely claimed that by paying him at least $50, a customer could make $75,600 per year processing as few as 15 applications daily for rebates or credit cards, according to an FTC complaint.

In reality, purchasers had to advertise to find their own applicants.
 
Sterling is banned from selling business opportunities or misrepresenting facts about products or services. He must destroy customer information within his control, provide future business partners with a copy of the settlement order, submit a compliance report for the next 20 years and allow the FTC to monitor his compliance.
 
He won’t have to pay a $15,000 civil penalty and a $69,289.06 judgment, unless it is found that he misrepresented his lack of ability to pay.

 

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