American Federal Trade Commission to write to consumers affected by Next-Gen scam

The American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans to send refunds to more than 300,000 people around the world who lost money to a deceptive sweepstakes and prize scheme operated by Next-Gen, Inc., Opportunities Unlimited Publications, Inc., and related companies. This includes a small number of consumers in Ireland.

In February 2018, the FTC and the State of Missouri sued these companies, alleging that they sent deceptive sweepstakes and “game of skill” mailers to people across the U.S. and in dozens of foreign countries. The mailers falsely promised cash prizes in exchange for a small fee. Many people paid the fee several times before realising there was no prize.

To settle the charges brought by the FTC and the State of Missouri, the defendants agreed to give up cash and assets worth about $30 million. The FTC is now using this money to provide refunds to affected consumers.

You can find more information on the FTC case and answers to common questions about refund payments on the FTC website.


Last updated on 2 July 2021

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