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Sweepstakes for HMI’s FILTERQUEEN Products

July 9th, 2019

April 2019: A federal judge granted preliminary approval of a proposed settlement agreement that would provide class members with either a $300 voucher for HMI Filtration products or a $100 cash award. In addition, the settlement agreement permanently prohibits HMI from scratch card promotions that allow the company or its distributors to enter consumers’ homes

Cumulus Media Radio Stations $1,000 Giveaway Sweepstakes

September 6th, 2018

In August 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Cumulus Media (a radio stations operator) for allegedly misleading listeners about their chances of winning a $1,000 Giveaway sweepstakes by making them believe that only one radio station is involved and that their chances of winning are greater than they really are. Specifically, the radio stations

Hearst’s CMAs Sweepstakes

October 18th, 2016 reader says contest signed him up for a magazine subscription without his permission.

“SpongeBob” Splashpants Sweepstakes

June 13th, 2013

Nickelodeon ran ads for its “SpongeBob” Splashpants Sweepstakes, which directed children to a website where they could enter a sweepstake with the grand prize of a Nickelodeon Cruise featuring SpongeBob himself. But the Children’s Advertising Review Unit “questioned whether the odds of winning were clearly disclosed during the commercial.” Nickelodeon stopped airing the ad, and


October 21st, 2021

Brewery issues a “gold plated apology” for misleading consumers on “solid gold” cans.

Publishers Clearing House

March 19th, 2019

March 2019: A federal judge dismissed this action concluding that plaintiffs lacked standing and failed to allege the specific factual allegations required to state a claim for relief. The judge gave the plaintiffs 30 days to file an amended complaint. April 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Publishers Clearing House (PCH) alleging that the

Fragrant Jewels

March 4th, 2016

Reader alerts to ring candle purveyor.

Boy Scouts of America

February 25th, 2015

Self-regulatory group says sweepstakes advertising wasn’t clear enough on odds of winning.

Foreign Lottery Emails

June 4th, 2014

We received a spam email regarding a winning ticket to the Canada-UK Lottery. The FTC warns that many scam operators are based in Canada, which is where this email is claiming to originate from. It is illegal to participate in foreign lotteries, says the FTC. The agency warns: “If you play a foreign lottery —

Can You Win the African Lottery?

May 8th, 2012

Playing foreign lotteries is illegal. Do not reply to an e-mail like this or provide any information to the sender. For more information, check out’s article on sweepstakes and prize scams. From: “Office Service” Sent: Friday, May 4, 2012 3:11:52 AM Subject: YOU E-MAIL ADDRESS HAS WOS, $5.500,000.00 CONGRATULATIONREF No: 575061650 WINNING No: KB8701

Before You Take that Call Beware of Telemarketing Scams

October 27th, 2011

Although legitimate companies may use the telephone to advertise their products or services, consumers should be wary of some who call trying to obtain your financial or personal information for fraud or identity theft.

Direct Marketing Association

October 10th, 2011

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is a trade group made up of all those pesky companies we have to thank for telemarketing, spam, and junk mail, among others.  The group seeks to enhance the reputation of those companies, and actively lobbies Congress to protect its members from legislation and regulatory activity that it believes would

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU)

October 9th, 2011

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU), a unit of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, is the advertising industry’s primary self-regulatory organization responsible for monitoring ad content – across all media channels – directed at children. In general, aims to make sure that advertising directed at kids is not deceptive, unfair, or inappropriate.  It also has developed

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