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Consumer Digital Services LLC

Washington, DC: (Jun-21-07) A consumer fraud lawsuit was filed against Consumer Digital Services LLC, the operator of two computer privacy services, Privasafe and SurfSafe software and services, alleging that it used deceptive marketing techniques and sold the customer's personal information. Consumer Digital Services is controlled by Gary Salmirs, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, who was also named in the settlement.

The suit claimed that the company lured customers with offers of free gift cards, flat-screen monitors and free software, promoted through pop-up ads and e-mails. Customers handed over personal information including their addresses, telephone numbers, and dates of birth thinking that they were getting a free product. Thousands of consumers received unexpected $14.95 per month charges for the company's software and services and almost nobody got a free gift card or flat-screen monitor. Investigations revealed that only one of the over 13,000 Washington consumers got any of the free items.

In a settlement reached, Consumer Digital Services agreed to pay up to $1 million in refunds to customers to resolve allegations. Further, it also agreed to pay $300,000 in fines and legal fees and offer refunds to Washington state consumers who were billed for their products. [IT WORLD: SOFTWARE FRAUD]

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Published on Jun-27-07


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