Be your own boss?

Especially in a tough economic climate, it’s an attractive claim.  But as demonstrated by Operation Empty Promises — a multi-agency law enforcement initiative announced today — many companies promoting online opportunities, steady employment, or home business success promise the golden goose, but deliver a goose egg.

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Do Not Call Goes Mobile

As businesses know, prospective customers have gone mobile.  That’s why the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry services are now even more accessible to consumers.

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Consumer Protection on Camera

It’s awards season for the entertainment industry. There’s no red carpet in front of the FTC and no one’s likely to ask “Who are you wearing?” — except to ascertain that the manufacturer complied with the Care Labeling Rule.  But consumer protection is a common theme in movies nonetheless.  With acknowledgments to Steve Baker, director of the FTC’s Midwest Region who first started the list, here are some of our favorite consumer protection-themed films:

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LOANMOD TXT MSGS VIOL8 LAW, SEZ FTC

The FTC has gone to court in an effort to shut down an operation that allegedly blasted consumers with more than five million illegal spam text messages, including many pitching loan modification help, debt relief, and other services.  The agency also has charged that the defendant marketed his text message services with email that violated the CAN-SPAM Act.

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Leaders Digest?

How do leaders in advertising, marketing, and law stay current on FTC developments that affect consumers?  They read Penn Corner, the agency's monthly digest of notable updates.  The February edition runs the gamut from a law enforcement crackdown on robocalls to an FTC staff comment on a North Carolina Board of Opticians' proposal that could impact how Tarheels (and Blue Devils, Demon Deacons, Eagles, and the Wolfpack) buy glasses and contacts.

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