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#421499 by Terminator5 Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:37 pm
U.S. Federal Trade Commission {FTC} Enforcement Actions. Romance Scams . Extortion Scams.


Victims of these scams can file reports with the U.S. FTC at :

https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/

1-877-FTC-HELP
+1-877-382-4357



ROMANCE SCAMS / FAKE PROFILES

September 25, 2019

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-r ... -fake-love




The Federal Trade Commission sued online dating service Match Group, Inc. (Match), the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OKCupid, PlentyOfFish, and other dating sites, alleging that the company used fake love interest advertisements to trick hundreds of thousands of consumers into purchasing paid subscriptions on Match.com.

The agency also alleges that Match has unfairly exposed consumers to the risk of fraud and engaged in other allegedly deceptive and unfair practices. For instance, the FTC alleges Match offered false promises of “guarantees,” failed to provide services to consumers who unsuccessfully disputed charges, and made it difficult for users to cancel their subscriptions.

“We believe that Match.com conned people into paying for subscriptions via messages the company knew were from scammers,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Online dating services obviously shouldn’t be using romance scammers as a way to fatten their bottom line.”

Match Touts Fake Love Interest Advertisements, Often From Scammers

Match allows users to create Match.com profiles free of charge, but prohibits users from responding to messages without upgrading to a paid subscription. According to the FTC’s complaint, Match sent emails to nonsubscribers stating that someone had expressed an interest in that consumer. Specifically, when nonsubscribers with free accounts received likes, favorites, emails, and instant messages on Match.com, they also received emailed ads from Match encouraging them to subscribe to Match.com to view the identity of the sender and the content of the communication.

match.com, He just emailed you! You caught his eye and now he's expressed interest in you...Could he be the one? Read his email. You will be notified when other Match.com members express interest in you. Please note: This email may contain advertisements. Match.com P.O. Box 25472, Dallas TX 75225
(example of ad touting message)
The FTC alleges that millions of contacts that generated Match’s “You caught his eye” notices came from accounts the company had already flagged as likely to be fraudulent. By contrast, Match prevented existing subscribers from receiving email communications from a suspected fraudulent account.



SALES 0F FAKE / NON EXISTANT INFORMATION. OTHER VIOLATIONS OF US LAW.


JULY 27, 2020

https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-p ... ifecom-inc


CASE STATUS: Pending
United States of America (for the Federal Trade Commission), Plaintiff, v. MyLife.com, Inc., a corporation, and Jeffrey Tinsley, individually and as an officer of MyLife.com, Inc., Defendants.


CASE SUMMARY
The Department of Justice on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission sued MyLife.com, Inc. and its CEO Jeffrey Tinsley over allegations they deceived consumers with “teaser background reports” that often falsely claimed to include information about arrest, criminal, and sex offender records, and also engaged in misleading billing and marketing practices.



https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/

1-877-FTC-HELP
+1-877-382-4357

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