If you were required to enter personal information to find out if you were eligible for government assistance programs, you can apply for payment. The FTC sued the company responsible for these websites and won a judgment. The court is authorized to pay up to $17 million in total to consumers who have been wronged.
The deadline to request payment is August 31, 2022.
The defendants, On Point Global, ran more than 200 websites which claimed to check whether a person was eligible for government assistance programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher program, Section 8 housing assistance, or food stamps. As part of the process, the websites asked people for information such as their age, gender, income, and credit or debit card number.
But the On Point Global websites have done nothing to determine a user’s eligibility for government assistance programs. Instead, the defendants sent people a PDF containing information about government programs, and they often sold users’ information to other companies.
If you have provided your personal information to the defendants, you are entitled to payment. The company handling the refund process sent emails and postcards to eligible people. Legitimate emails related to this settlement will come from [email protected].
Follow these steps to claim your money:
- Go to onpointclaimform.com and click on “Submit a complaint”. Follow the instructions to receive your personalized claim link.
- If you qualify, complete the Proof of Claim form. Confirm that you have provided personal information and that you are unhappy with your experience. You do not need to submit any documentation.
- Choose how you want to receive your payment: Venmo, PayPal, or check.
- Click Submit.
If you have any questions about the process, use the “Contact Us” form available on the Complaint Form here.