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Publishers Clearing House Settles With the FTC for $18.5 Million for Misleading Consumers

Publishers Clearing House (PCH), which offers sweepstakes where people can win thousands of dollars per week for life, has agreed to pay $18.5 million and change its business practices to settle allegations it misled consumers about its contests, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Monday.

The FTC had accused PCH of using “dark patterns,” a manipulative website design, to make consumers believe that they had to make a purchase to win or to have a better chance of winning. The agency said that it also added surprise shipping charges to purchases, among other allegations.

“Today’s action requiring PCH to overhaul its user interface, compensate consumers for lost time, and stop surprise fees should send a clear message that manipulative design techniques are a no-go under our laws,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement.

Read the source article at ca.finance.yahoo.com

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