The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shut down a major charity fraud scheme that reportedly received $110 million from victims. The scam utilized bots to carry out voice phishing and solicitation calls, convincing victims they were donating to charity projects that helped firefighters, veterans and children. The FTC alleges that the Associated Community Services (ACS) organization was aware they were spending little to no money on the charities they claimed to support. ACS was responsible for a scam involving cancer support in 2015 and has been the subject of 20 prior law enforcement actions. ACS and partner companies Central Processing Services and Community Services Appeal, as well as their owners, have agreed to settle with the FTC over the charges.
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