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The Federal Trade Commission has settled a case brought against operators of a Florida company that allegedly steered consumers seeking to apply for jobs to for-profit schools that paid the company for the "leads."

According to a report in Inside Higher Ed, the FTC alleged that consumers who provided the company, Gigats.com, with information typically provided for a job application were directed to call "employment specialists" who steered consumers to enrolling in education programs that paid the company for leads.

According to a news release, "The FTC alleges that these so-called advisers falsely claimed to be independent education advisers but in fact only recommended schools and programs that had agreed to pay the defendants, typically from $22 to $125, for consumer leads that met their enrollment requirements."

The FTC's agreement with Gigats calls for a payment of $360,000 and threatens collection of an additional $90 million if the payment is not made.
 


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