by Andrew Johnson
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

When you’re on the hunt for income, the last thing you want is to be misled about the earnings and benefits that a business opportunity offers. Uber has agreed to a $20 million settlement of the FTC’s charges that the company made false or unsupported claims regarding its drivers’ likely income and the benefits of its Vehicle Solutions Program.

The FTC says Uber made several misleading claims about the annual and hourly wages its drivers were likely to earn. For example, Uber’s website claimed that the median yearly income for Uber drivers in New York is $90,000. Similarly, Uber ads in Boston and Philadelphia claimed that the average driver would “make $25/hour,” while San Diego and Phoenix drivers could expect to make $20/hour. According to the FTC, most of Uber’s drivers were not likely to earn the claimed annual and hourly wages.

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Company also Agrees to Implement Anti-Fraud Program and Enhanced Compliance

LOS ANGELES – The Western Union Company, a global money services business headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, has agreed to forfeit $586 million and enter into agreements with the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, and several United States Attorney’s Offices, including the Central District of California.

In its agreement with the Justice Department, Western Union admits to criminal violations, including willfully failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program and aiding and abetting wire fraud.

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Orlando, Florida – An indictment has been returned charging Noor Salman (30, formerly of Fort Pierce, Florida) with aiding and abetting Omar Mateen’s attempted provision and provision of material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and obstruction of justice. If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Salman was arrested in northern California on Monday, January 16, 2017, and made her initial appearance in federal court in Oakland. She has been detained pending a status hearing on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

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FDA is warning consumers not to purchase or use PNC-27, a product promoted and sold through http://PNC27.com, as a treatment or cure for cancer. An FDA laboratory discovered the bacteria Variovorax paradoxus in a PNC-27 solution sample for inhalation.

Consumers who use a contaminated product are at risk for serious, potentially life-threatening infections. Consumers at higher risk include vulnerable populations, such as young children, elderly people, pregnant women, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

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New York - Steven McClatchey, a director at an investment bank in Manhattan (the “Investment Bank”), was sentenced today to five months in prison on securities fraud and wire fraud charges in connection with his provision of inside information used to trade in the stock of several companies. McClatchey plead guilty on July 12, 2016, and was sentenced today by United States District Judge Katherine Polk Failla.

According to the Complaint, Information, and statements made during court proceedings:

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St Louis, MO - The FBI St. Louis Division is warning the public about a telephone scam claiming you have failed to report to jury duty. During the call, the perpetrator impersonates a law enforcement officer or officer of the court. The caller claims you failed to report for jury duty and may even threaten criminal prosecution or jail time.

The scammer then asks for personal information such as your birth date or Social Security number for “verification purposes.” The caller may even have some of your personal information and ask that you provide your bank account number or credit card number to “pay a fine.”

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