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
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
October 18th, 2016
TINA.org reader says contest signed him up for a magazine subscription without his permission.
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
March 7th, 2013
Sweepstakes and lotteries may be scams in disguise.
October 21st, 2021
Brewery issues a “gold plated apology” for misleading consumers on “solid gold” cans.
September 5th, 2019
Odds are you being good at trivia is not enough if you want to pay off your student loan debt with this app.
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
December 10th, 2018
What kind of disclosure is necessary for social media influencer marketing?
March 4th, 2016
Reader alerts TINA.org to ring candle purveyor.
February 25th, 2015
Self-regulatory group says sweepstakes advertising wasn’t clear enough on odds of winning.
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 —
February 27th, 2014
Consumers reported losses of more than $1.6 billion in fraud in 2013.
July 17th, 2013
Active servicemembers and veterans are frequent targets of scams and deceptive ads.
February 28th, 2013
Identify theft again leads the way with the most filed complaints in 2012.
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 TINA.org’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
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.
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
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