Debt Relief Scam Promised Credit Card Rate Reductions: FTC

Debt Relief Scam Promised Credit Card Rate Reductions: FTCAt the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has effectively put out of business an alleged scam that sold debt relief services, such as lowering credit card interest rates.
A federal court judge in Florida approved and signed a stipulated order against Innovative Wealth Builders (IWB) and its three Florida-based principals: Carly Janene Pelland (also known as Carly Zurita), Sheryl Leigh Lopez, and Tamara Dawn Johnson.
The order includes a $9.9 million judgment against IWB and its three principals.
The trio agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they falsely promised to substantially reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates and save them thousands of dollars on their credit card debts.
The FTC said it will continue to move forward with litigation against Independant Resources Network Corp. (IRN), the payment processor that allegedly assisted and facilitated the scam. In June, the FTC amended its original complaint to name IRN as a defendant in the case.
According to the FTC’s complaint, IWB and its three principals violated the FTC Act by misrepresenting credit card interest rate reduction services, misrepresenting refund policies, and billing consumers without authorization.
The complaint also alleges that the three defendants violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule by misrepresenting the debt relief services they were selling, charging a fee before providing these services, and billing consumers without their express informed consent.

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