by Mike Masnick

Scamming Software Company Scams Again

from the stop-me-if-you've-heard-this-one-before dept

You may recall Bonzi software as the company that used to run pop-up ads trying to trick you into thinking there was something wrong with your computer. They eventually settled a lawsuit about those ads, but were dinged again earlier year for knowingly collecting data from children under 13 via their BonziBuddy product (as the article notes, the data they collected included the birthdate of the children making the "knowingly part a slam dunk"). It appears that neither previous case is going to keep Bonzi from staying on the legal side of their advertising practices, as they've now settled yet another case brought by the FTC for false advertising about their "anti-phishing, anti-virus" product that, in truth, does very little. However, that doesn't stop their advertisements from first telling you that all of your personal information can be taken by thieves, and that their software will protect you completely from the threat. Isn't there some sort of three strikes law for scamming companies?

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