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Scam victims scammed again by Arizona firm

  • Blog Post by: Alejandra Matos
  • November 20, 2013 - 4:59 PM

An Arizona company was fined $5.2 million for selling worthless services to victims of earlier scams that the company claimed would get their money back, the Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday.

The FTC fined Business Recovery Services LLC and its owner Brian Hessler, who sold “worthless do-it-yourself kits” for $499 to people who had lost money to work-at-home schemes, the FTC said.

“In effect, this scheme rubbed salt in the wound of people who had already been victimized, targeting them and defrauding them all over again,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement.

The $5.2 million fine was stayed so long as Hessler pays $90,000.

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