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Page 29 - USC § 1681 et seq., which establishes important privacy protections for consumers' sensitive financial information; the Truth in Lending Act, 15 USC §§ 1601 et seq., which mandates disclosures of credit terms; and the Fair Credit Billing Act, 15 USC §§ 1666 et. seq., which provides for the correction of billing errors on credit accounts. The Commission also enforces over 30 rules governing specific industries and practices, eg, the Used Car Rule, 16 CFR Part 455.
Page 34 - The Commission would like to acknowledge the assistance of AT&T and MCI in administering the redress program. AT&T and MCI will distribute refunds to most consumers in the form of telephone credits on their long-distance telephone bills. 20 A "hit" occurs when someone accesses a web site. 21 After the home page for FTC.GOV, the search engine is the most popular area visited on the web site, followed by the ConsumerLine section. See Exhibit 2, excerpts from "www.ftc.gov".
Page 36 - That no purchase or payment is necessary to be able to win a prize or participate in a prize promotion if a prize promotion is offered. This disclosure must be made before or in conjunction with the description of the prize to the person called. If requested...
Page 19 - Fraudulent telemarketers are criminals. Don't fall for a telephone line." This slogan came into being after AARP qualitative research revealed that although older consumers knew telemarketing fraud was wrong, they found it hard to believe that it was a crime. Our research suggested that older consumers must be convinced that fraudulent telemarketers are criminals before they will exercise greater caution.
Page 29 - ... enforces over 30 rules governing specific industries and practices, eg, the Used Car Rule, 16 CFR Part 455. which requires used car dealers to disclose warranty terms via a window sticker; the Franchise Rule, 16 CFR Part 436, which requires the provision of information to prospective franchisees; and the Telemarketing Sales Rule, 16 CFR Part 310, which defines and prohibits deceptive telemarketing practices and other abusive telemarketing practices.
Page 29 - I. INTRODUCTION Mr. Chairman, I am Timothy J. Muris, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. I am pleased to appear before the...
Page 29 - The views expressed in this statement represent the views of the Commission. My oral presentation and responses to questions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or any individual Commissioner.
Page 33 - NBC Credit Resource Publishing, Docket No. C-3671 (consent order, June 12, 1996). ALLEGED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY SCAMS: FTC v. Intellicom Services, Inc., No. 97-4572 TJH (McxXC.D. Cal., filed June 23, 1997); FTC v. Chappie (Infinity Multimedia), No.
Page 34 - Starr Communications, Docket No. C-3668 (consent order, June 12, 1996). ALLEGED DECEPTIVE CASH GRANT MATCHING SERVICE: Randolf D. Alberton, dlbla Wolverine Capital, Docket No. C-3670 (consent order, June 12, 1996). ALLEGED DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING OF HEALTH PRODUCT: Global World Media Corp. and Sean Shayan, Docket No. C-3772 (consent order, Oct. 9, 1997). ALLEGED MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS: Zygon International, Inc. Docket No. C3686 (consent order, Sept. 24, 1996). ALLEGED NON-DELIVERY...
Page 33 - Internet offers a novel and exciting means for all consumers to purchase both innovative and traditional goods and services faster and at lower prices, to communicate more effectively, and to tap into rich sources of information that were previously difficult to access and that now can be used to make better-informed purchasing decisions. The Internet's promise of substantial consumer benefits is, however, coupled with the potential for fraud and deception. Fraud is opportunistic, and fraud operators...