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FTC: Email threats were fraud

Posted by: Alejandra Matos under Businesses in hot water Updated: January 30, 2014 - 1:55 PM

The Federal Trade Commission has filed its first Affordable Care Act-related fraud case against a suspected spammer.

Kobeni Inc. and its president, Yair Shalev, were charged last week in federal civil court in southern Florida for sending e-mails to consumers that said they would be violating the law if they did not immediately click on a link to enroll in health insurance, the FTC said.

The links often contained grammatical mistakes such as “your breaking a federal law.”

The links sent consumers to a website with advertisements for insurance companies that did not authorize Kobeni to use their names, the FTC said.

Kobeni was paid by the website’s operators each time someone clicked the links contained in the ads, the FTC said.


 

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