I meant to post this yesterday, but it was a busy afternoon:
Hundreds of thousands of consumers may have unknowingly enrolled in membership programs while using Web sites owned by Bellevue, Wash.-based Intelius.
“Intelius chose cash over candor,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said during a news conference yesterday where our office announced a $1.3 million settlement with Intelius. The settlement will protect consumers and provide refunds to some Washington state residents who were enrolled in the company’s “Identity Protect” program but never used the service.
Our investigation focused on an Internet sales method commonly referred to as post-transaction marketing, in which additional services are offered to consumers after they’ve submitted their credit card data but before they’ve received the product they intended to purchase.
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