Victims of Work-from-Home Scam Receive Refunds via FTC

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About 75,000 victims of a work-from-home scam have received refunds of the money they paid courtesy of the FTC. This scam offered an online work-from-home opportunity where the victims were sold access to job listings. The defendants are Abili-Staff Ltd., Equitron LLC, Pamela Jean Barthuly and Jorg Wilhelm Becker. They collected a fee of up to $89.99 for providing the job listings and guaranteed a refund if the buyers did not land a job. The FTC obtained a court order to compel the defendants to issue the refunds.

However, each of the victims only obtained an average of $9.70 in refund as about $729,700 is being refunded to 75,000 victims. This case is another example of how the FTC protects consumers’ rights.

Consumers who receive the checks will have 60 days from the date they were issued to cash them. The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed. Consumers with questions should call the refund administrator, Epiq Systems at 1-877-868-7790 or visit www.FTC.gov/refunds.

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