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A company and its owners that pitched “free” medical alert devices for seniors have been stopped from making those calls after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida attorney general sued them this week.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said the Credit Voice received more than $13 million in commissions since March 2012 after robocalling senior citizens and falsely stating that they were eligible for a free medical alert system. Many seniors were told the system was already paid for, but in reality they were charged for the bogus services, according to the FTC.
After obtaining a temporary restraining order from a federal judge, the FTC and Bondi are seeking to permanently forbid the 13 defendants from engaging in robocalls and to provide restitution to victims.
Beware of any e-mails claiming your credit score have changed. They may be coming from scammers trying to take advantage of the Target data breach.
An e-mail sent to Star Tribune reporters carried the subject line “FICO Protection - Your scores may have been changed as of JAN-09 2014.” The email then contains a link to an external site that does not contain FICO in the url.
FICO spokesperson Anthony Sprauve said the company did not send out these e-mails.
“It’s clearly somebody who is trying to take advantage of the Target data breach," Sprauve said.
If consumers receive e-mails from FICO or any other credit monitoring service they should ignore any links contained in an e-mail and instead visit the website and log-in through their secure service.
After an undercover federal investigation, a New York funeral home has agreed to pay a $32,000 fine to settle charges it violated federal consumer protection laws.
Funeral homes are required to provide consumers with accurate, itemized price information about services at the outset of making funeral arrangements, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Harrison Funeral Home and its owner, John Balsamo, were accused of violating that law after FTC inspectors posed as consumers seeking to make arrangements and the funeral home failed to provide price lists.
The FTC "funeral rule" gives consumers numerous rights when dealing with funeral homes, including getting prices over the phone, getting casket prices before you actually see them, and making funeral arrangements without having to pay for embalming.
A legal battle over the Star Tribune’s effort to obtain records from a state-created insurance fund has moved to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Last month, the Star Tribune argued that records of the Minnesota Joint Underwriting Association are public because the insurer serves a public benefit.
The insurer refused to comply with a records request to provide data on specific providers and sued the paper. Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan ordered the insurer to provide the requested data, but the MJUA it has appealed that decision.
Last year, the Star Tribune reported that the insurer spent $32 million over the past decade to settle claims, including $12 million to resolve 169 claims against health care providers.
Walmart recalled Mainstays five-piece card table and chair sets after reports of finger amputations and falls.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission alerted consumers Thursday that the 73,400 units were being recalled after Walmart received 10 reports of collapsing chars, one finger amputation, three fingertip amputations, fractured fingers and one report of a sore back.
Consumers are advised to stop using the table set and return it to Walmart for a full refund. The units were sold from May to November 2013.
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