FTC: Scam Involved Car Dealership

By Staff Writer August 17, 2020

The Federal Trade Commission has issued an administrative complaint against a marketer, Traffic Jam Events, LLC, and its owner, David J. Jeansonne II, charging multiple counts of deceptive conduct.

The scam involved drawing consumers to a car dealership for fake prizes or stimulus benefits. The administrative complaint alleges that the respondents have deceived consumers with mailers supposedly directing them to obtain federal COVID-19 stimulus benefits. The complaint also alleges that, in addition to the misleading COVID-19 mailers, respondents sent flyers to consumers containing matching numbers indicating that consumers had won a valuable prize. Consumers were then told they had to go to a car dealership to “claim” the prize, but the small print on the back of the mailer revealed that there was only a 1-in-52,000 chance the consumer had actually won the prize specified.

In addition to FTC Act violations alleged related to the COVID-19 and prize mailers, the FTC’s complaint claims the respondents violated the Truth In Lending Act and Regulation Z for failing to clearly disclose required credit information in their advertising.

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