Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges | Federal Trade Commission

Source: www.ftc.gov

Defendants To Pay $10 Million For Trifecta of FTC Violations

 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yesterday that several defendants will pay approximately $10 million to the FTC to settle charges related to offers of "free" gift cards from major retailers. The "trifecta" of FTC violations are: spam text messages; illegal robocalls; and mobile cramming.

 

As stated in the October 22, 2014, Press Release:

"The settlement marks the completion of a major effort by the FTC to crack down on the senders of unwanted text messages offering consumers “free” gift cards to retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target. The messages contained links to websites that led consumers through a process that the FTC alleges was designed to get consumers’ personal information for sale to marketers, their mobile phone numbers to cram unwanted charges on their bill, and to drive them to paid subscriptions for which the scammers received affiliate referral fees."

 

The settlements are being paid by three sets of defendants in different amounts.

 

Source: FTC: Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges

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Why you might fall for a phishing scam

Information is power and, when it comes to the criminal underground, it might as well be gold. Scammers who pick up chuncks of information about you can qu

Source: www.consumeraffairs.com

Why you might fall for a phishing scam

 

Phishing is the use of an email that attempts to scam a user into revealing private information. These emails appear to come from legitimate companies and usually direct you to an "official" looking webpage to update your personal information.

 

"Information is power and, when it comes to the criminal underground, it might as well be gold … Scammers who pick up chunks of information about you can quickly pick your pocket. An effective phishing scam almost always involves trickery and deception. A message in your email inbox is not what it first appears. … The challenge, then, is to find a way to identify these bogus pitches/threats and warn consumers before they make a costly error in judgment. …"

 

Two professors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville are studying phishing scams to determine the best way to help protect people from them.

 

"The researchers say your response to a [phishing scam] warning is based on the strength of the authority issuing it. In addition, you have to understand it, remember it, change your attitude and be motivated enough to change your behavior. … [P}hishing is not just a problem of technology, though fixes are normally offered only in those terms. Rather, a lot of it involves psychology."

By: Mark Huffman via Consumer Affairs

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Get your teen to stop texting while driving!

Distracted driving, frequently caused by texting, is the leading cause of those car accidents. If asking your teen to put away the phone doesn’t work, there are apps out there that can help.

Source: www.philly.com

Get your teen to stop texting while driving!

 

Driving is complicated and the statistics regarding car crashes are staggering. In addition, awareness is not the issue.

 

How we can combat distracted driving:

 

"The simplest solution is to silence the phone and put it away. … That old adage, out of sight, out of mind is true. A more modern option is to find an app. There are a number of apps available to prevent texting and driving and most are free. … Finally, … use a designated texter.

 

The science is clear, we need to have our brains fully focused on the road while driving."

 

Article by: Cynthia Boyer via philly[dot]com

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OSHA’s Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations For 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Unfortunately, the top 10 for 2014 was the same as 2013. This demonstrates that employers continue

Source: lapinlawoffices.com

OSHA’s Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations for 2014

 

OSHA recently announced its preliminary top 10 workplace safety violations for 2014. Unfortunately, these violations remain the same as 2013. This helps show that employers are not doing enough in these areas to protect workers.

 

Nebraska workers injured on the job, including for these types of violations, are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin on Lapin Law Offices’ website blog:

http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/osha-top-10-workplace-safety-violations-2014

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Five Things Google Probably Knows About You

The majority of us use Google. It opens up the Internet, lets us explore and learn. It helps us expand our minds. And in return, it’s collected information about you. That much, we know. It’s common knowledge. A phrase that has quite recently become everyday is: “If you’re not paying for the product, you are…

Source: www.makeuseof.com

Five Things Google Probably Knows About You

 

by Philip Bates via MakeUseOf

 

The 5 things listed in the article are:

 

Demographic information: gender and age
Your interests
Your IP address, which may be where you live
What’s in your Gmail
When you use the internet

 

Depending on your settings and whether you use Google products, such as Google+, Google might know a lot more.

 

Should you care that Google knows these things? Probably not except for Gmail, which should never be used for confidential or private emails anyway.

 

You can limit some of the things Google knows about you by changing some of your Google and browser settings. The article suggests not using Google for search as some other search engines do not track you. However, the only way to be completely anonymous online is to stay off the internet.

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California Businesses Liable For Limiting Negative Reviews

California will become the first state that will impose civil penalties for businesses that include non-disparagement clauses, which are those that limit or prohibit negative reviews by customers. The law also goes farther and punishes businesses that “otherwise penalize” consumers for negative

Source: lapinlawoffices.com

California Businesses Liable For Limiting Negative Reviews

 

Soon, California will make businesses civilly liable, up to $10,000, for limiting consumers from making negative reviews. California is the first state to prevent businesses from including non-disparagement in their contracts or otherwise prevent consumers from criticizing a business. However, there are questions that the statute does not answer about what a business can do about false reviews.

 

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin of Lapin Law Offices on Lapin Law Offices’ Website Blog: California Businesses Liable For Limiting Negative Reviews (http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/california-businesses-liable-for-limiting-negative-reviews)

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Woman accused of using Facebook while driving is charged with homicide

(CNN) — A North Dakota woman who police say was using Facebook on her cellphone when she crashed into another car is accused of negligent homicide in the death of a great-grandmother during the Ma…

Source: fox4kc.com

A 20-year-old North Dakota woman has been charged with negligent homicide after a rear-end crash that caused the death of an 89 year-old grandmother, who was seated in the passenger seat of the vehicle that was struck. According to the complaint and affidavit filed against her, the woman is accused of surfing Facebook on her phone while driving approximately 85 mph. She allegedly did not brake at all before the crash. Investigators obtained a warrant to search the woman’s phone, which allegedly revealed the Facebook use as well as several text messages being sent while the woman was driving.

 

Source: CNN Wire / Fox4KC

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