FTC Returns Money to Victims of Bogus Business Services Scam

CPU Service Inc. sent fake invoices to small businesses to trick them into paying for computer support services

FTC Returns Money to Victims of Bogus Business Services Scam
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May 15, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing 1,187 checks totaling more than $48,000 to consumers who lost money to CPU Service Inc., a company that sent fake invoices to more than 150,000 small businesses to trick them into paying for computer support and consulting services that they didn't order.

The company and its owner, Robert Ray Law, are now banned from sending unsolicited direct mail to advertise or promote goods or services.

"It's always a win when we can put money lost to a scam back in the hands of small businesses," said Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "The FTC will continue to bring cases that help small businesses stay in business."

The average refund check amount in this case is $40.82. The FTC says that recipients should deposit or cash their checks within 60 days. The agency also reminds consumers that it NEVER requires people to pay money or provide account information to cash refund checks. If anyone says otherwise—it's a scam!

The FTC says that it is committed to helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and other threats.

For more information about this case, contact the FTC's refund administrator, Rust Consulting Inc., at (800) 274-0321.

To learn more about the FTC's refund program, visit the agency's website.