(The Hosting News) – Sure, there are plenty of ways to create a website and make cash from your efforts. However, one platform in particular that claimed it let users do so recently faced the scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission.
On Monday, through a district court in Arizona, the FTC filed a complaint against North America Marketing and Associates along with a variety of other companies.
According to the filing, the entities carried out a scheme that promised clients they could create and host websites that would generate cash by including links to top online retailers including Best Buy and Wal-Mart. The initial website hosting offering cost between one hundred to four hundred dollars. However, it wasn’t meant to be. Little to no cash was generated and instead, clients were directed to purchase expensive advertising packages that cost thousands of dollars.
“The defendants are charged with violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) by misrepresenting that consumers who bought and used websites and advertising packages would earn substantial income, and that experts would help them operate their business,” stated a news release pertaining to the matter posted on FTC.gov.
The accused are based in states including Nevada and Arizona.
In the recent past, the FTC has paid particularly close attention to marketing scams carried out by online presences. This January, the commission announced settlements with a variety of websites for operating customer deception sales related to weight-loss products. Those accused of the practices were required to pay half a million dollars each.