FTC Charges Orlando Based Montano Enterprises With False Marketing

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The Federal Trade Commission has charged the operators of an Orlando company, Montano Enterprises, with false advertising about sales of generic software.

The commission’s federal lawsuit says Ronnie Montano’s companies told customers they could earn big money working from home by using products marketed as “secret codes,” but those products were actually generic software products. Customers who bought the products often paid much more than they are sold for in other outlets.

The commission is suing Montano, Hyong Su “Jimmy” Kim, Martin Schranz and their related companies, saying they bilked consumers out of millions of dollars with products like the Mobile Money Code. The FTC accuses Montano of selling generic software applications labeled as the Mobile Money Code.

The complaint alleges that the defendants primarily contacted consumers with spam emails sent by affiliate marketers. For example, some emails cited in the complaint claimed that the products were a “secret method folks are using to make thousands of dollars per day (seriously!)” or that users can start “generating 60k a month on 100% autopilot.”

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The FTC also alleges that the defendants did not honor their “60-day hassle-free money back guarantee” and made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to obtain a full or partial refund.

The FTC charges say the business tactics violate the FTC Act’s prohibition against deceptive practices and the CAN-SPAM Act, which requires commercial email to have an accurate subject line, to identify itself as an ad, to include a valid physical address, and offer recipients a way to opt out of future messages.

The FTC has filed about seven enforcement actions per year in the Middle District of Florida, which includes Tampa and Orlando.

Earlier in December, it filed allegations of an alleged credit card interest-rate reduction scam and making illegal robocalls, against Higher Goals Marketing and its principals.

In that case, the FTC said some of the people involved had previously run a nearly identical telemarketing operation shut down by court order in 2016 at the request of the FTC, then set up a new operation selling similar bogus credit-card interest-rate-reduction services within weeks of the court order shuttering the earlier operation.

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