FTC Cracks Down on Spam and Web-Based Scams

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At a press conference on April 2, 2002, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its participation in Netforce, an international law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive spam and Internet fraud. Together, the Canadian and U.S. state governmental agencies that comprise Netforce have already achieved stunning results in some areas, and they are planning ground-breaking activities in others. Examples:

"Illegal Internet schemes and deceptive spam don't stop at state lines or international borders," said J. Howard Beales III, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "The FTC and its law enforcement partners are sending a signal to scammers: We're out there surfing the Net, reading our spam and working together to stop Internet scams."

Partners in the international Netforce include the Alaska Attorney General, the Alaska State Troopers, the Alberta Government Services, the British Columbia Securities Commission, the British Columbia Solicitor General, Canada's Competition Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, the Idaho Attorney General, the Montana Department of Administration, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Washington Attorney General, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and the Wyoming Attorney General.

-Rosemary Schlank


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