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From Antitrust Law Daily, April 11, 2017

Scammer misrepresenting connection to FTC enjoined from misrepresenting malware removal services

By Jody Coultas, J.D.

A Florida man that allegedly misled consumers by telling them that his fake companies were hired by the FTC to remove malicious software from their computers has been preliminarily enjoined from continuing such contact. The FTC is moving forward with its case to permanently stop the illegal activity (FTC v. Croft, FTC File No. 172 3043, Civil Action No. 9:17-cv-80425).

The FTC alleged that Daniel "Danny" Croft, through his fake companies, PC Guru Tech Support (often called PC Guru) and Elite Tech Support, misrepresented to consumers that the companies were hired by the FTC to contact consumers and remove malicious software installed on their computers by companies he falsely claimed were shut down by the FTC.

Croft allegedly emailed consumers fake FTC press releases and used the names of FTC staff to trick consumers into contacting him. The FTC’s complaint also alleges that Croft used scare tactics to frighten consumers, including claiming that the consumers’ computers were sending out information to hackers or were seriously infected with malware.

The complaint, filed in the federal district court in West Palm Beach, Florida, alleges that Croft’s deceptive tactics violate the FTC Act and the CAN SPAM Act, which sets standards for unsolicited commercial email and other communications. The court found that there was good cause to believe that immediate and irreparable harm will result from the ongoing violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act, and the CAN -SPAM Act, and issued a preliminary injunction. The order requires Croft to turn over documents and records.

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