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FTC Sues Intuit for Its Deceptive TurboTax “free” Filing Campaign

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Ridgewood NJ, the Federal Trade Commission is taking action against Intuit Inc., the maker of the popular TurboTax tax filing software, by issuing an administrative complaint against the company for deceiving consumers with bogus advertisements pitching “free” tax filing that millions of consumers could not use. In addition, to prevent ongoing harm to consumers rushing to file their taxes, the Commission also filed a federal district court complaint asking a court to order Intuit to halt its deceptive advertising immediately.

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New Jersey-based Charitable Fundraising Operation that Scammed Donors out of millions of Dollars Shut Down

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TRENTON NJ,  Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that a lawsuit filed by New Jersey, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Attorneys General of New York, Minnesota, and Virginia has permanently shut down a sprawling, New Jersey-based charitable fundraising operation that scammed donors out of millions of dollars.

A complaint and individual settlement agreements filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York center on deceptive fundraising activities by multiple companies controlled by Mark Gelvan, a Florida resident who once lived in Montville, New Jersey.

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Are the apps your children use illegally marketing to them?

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Ridgewood NJ, Kids love to play video games — in apps, on mobile devices and online with friends. And when kids play games, it is unlawful to collect their personal information without parental consent.

According to a complaint announced today by the Federal Trade Commission, HyperBeard Inc., a mobile app developer, offered free apps to children under 13-years-old and unlawfully collected their personal information to direct targeted advertising to them, in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

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Study Shows Spam Call Epidemic in Decline During Coronavirus Pandemic

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During Coronavirus we must take silver linings where we can.  A new study shows during the pandemic, spam phone calls – a non-medical epidemic – have declined 55% nationally with some states seeing as high as a 76% decrease.

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Protect yourself against Medicare scams

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Ridgewood NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J Rooney shared some information from the FTC website in order to protect yourself from Medicare Scams .

Still getting calls from people claiming to be from Medicare, asking for money or personal information?

Here are a few important tips from the Federal Trade Commission:

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How Scammers Tell You To Pay from the Federal Trade Commission

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January 14,2018
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Ridgewood NJ, people of ask how do I tell if its a scam ? Here is an answer right from the FTC: Did someone say you can only pay by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, or loading money on a cash reload card? If they did, then yes: that is a scam.The video above, in a little more than a minute, presents some of the scam scenarios and what you should do about them.

Once again the Ridgewood Police Department would like to remind you to be aware of frauds. A common fraud that is currently being performed is the request for payment immediately and using gift cards, MoneyPac cards, other type of pre-paid or wire transfers or bitcoin. Please notify the Police Department if you feel you have been or are in the process of becoming victim to a fraud before payment is made.