How to Use the FTC to Get Money Back from T-Mobile, Amazon, and More

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Need some extra cash but don’t want to give up any of your precious possessions? Then you’ll want to check out the Federal Trade Commission’s refund webpage that maintains a running list of completed consumer protection cases that puts money back in the hands of the people.

  • The Federal Trade Commission’s primary job is to enforce US consumer protection laws.
  • These laws were designed to protect consumers from unscrupulous businesses that misrepresent their products or have shady business practices.

The FTC doesn’t discriminate – it files cases against both big and small companies whenever there is an infraction. Many of these cases result in refunds to the consumer.

How to See Available Refunds

To find out about these refunds and whether you are eligible to claim them, you need to visit the FTC’s refund webpage, which maintains a chronological list of the cases, the settlement date, and details on the settlement terms.

If you are eligible to receive a refund, you may be able to reach out to the refund administrator for more information.

This list isn’t limited to small, obscure companies, either. It also includes big names like Office Depot, T-Mobile, and even Amazon. You can check the cases and proceedings page to keep up to date and follow the results page to see which cases are eligible for consumer refunds.

Even though you likely don’t qualify for 99 percent of the refunds, there might be one or two that you do qualify for, and you don’t want to miss out on the money you’re owed.

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