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Scammed by a fake government aid website? Here’s how to get your money back before it’s too late

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If you were one of the unlucky people who provided personal information to a bogus government website operated by On Point Global and received no service in return, you may be entitled to financial compensation. But we will have to act quickly.

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In April, the Federal Trade Commission won its lawsuit against On Point Global, which operated hundreds of seemingly legitimate state-licensed and public-interest websites requesting personal information, email addresses, and payment for services. such as driving and fishing license renewals and offers to help consumers with housing assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, and government unemployment benefit programs.

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Upon receiving personal information, the bogus site would simply redirect the victim to a landing page or send them a PDF containing general publicly available information. Even though a payment was not made on one of these sites, personal information was provided and then shared.

The court victory made $17 million available for reimbursement to those injured or defrauded by On Point Global. However, it is important to note that the deadline to submit your proof of claim form is September 7, 2022. If you don’t submit by this deadline, you can’t get any money from this lawsuit.

The initial lawsuit was filed by the FTC in December 2019 and followed by a court order in February 2020 that granted a Federal Trade Commission request to shut down the ongoing online program.

An April press release from the FTC discussing dates and details reads: “If a consumer: paid money on a bogus On Point Global DMV site between January 2017 and December 2019 and did not not already collected their money, or have submitted their personal information to a Point Global Government Benefits site in 2019, they are eligible for payment and should receive an email by mid-April with instructions to the company managing the claims process.

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Those affected by the scam should have already received an email or postcard with instructions on how to handle the complaints process. According to the FTC site, you need to follow the steps below to see if you are eligible and claim your money.

  1. Go to onpointclaimform.com and click on “File a Claim”. Follow the instructions to get your personalized claim link.
  2. 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.
  3. Choose how you want to receive your payment: Venmo, PayPal, or check.
  4. Click Submit.

If you need help completing the claim form above, please call 1-866-223-6288.

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