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Minnesota seniors are urged to avoid precious metals investments

The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) recently issued a public warning intended specifically at senior citizens. In their statement, they warned them about cold callers who may try to reach out to them about a precious metals investment opportunity. DOC officials are warning that they've determined that it's a scam.

Minnesota's Attorney General accuses Purdue Pharma of deception

The Minnesota Attorney General announced on May 17 that he had added new defendants to the lawsuit that was previously filed against Purdue Pharma. The company manufactures OxyContin, a highly addictive opioid painkiller. He added eight new defendants, one of which is the drug manufacturing company's former president to the filing.

What are some of the most common types of false advertising?

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), advertising is considered to be deceptive when it omits, misleads or falsely represents a product or service. This type of marketing can be presented in both written and oral forms. Since there are penalties that retailers face for engaging in false advertising, very few use this sales tactic each year. There are some deceptive techniques that they use more often than others.

Cleaning war: Clorox sues Lysol

You've probably seen plenty of commercials where companies take direct aim at their competition, perhaps even mentioning them by name. Even when it's not by name, they often allude to it strongly enough that it leaves no doubt in your mind what they're talking about.

Romance scams are becoming more common -- and costly

With the rise of online dating sites and apps, so-called "romance scams" have become more prevalent. These scams can leave victims both financially and emotionally devastated. Seniors looking for love, companionship or just someone with whom to communicate -- often after becoming widowed -- are particularly vulnerable.

Minnesota's attorney general sues Comcast for deceptive practices

The Minnesota attorney general (AG) filed a lawsuit against the telecommunications giant Comcast in late December in Hennepin County District Court on behalf of state residents. In her Dec. 21 filing, she accused them of having violated both the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act (UDTPA)and the Prevention of Consumer Fraud Act (PCFA).

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