As part of the Elder Fraud Initiative, the Consumer Protection Branch of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice has conducted criminal investigations into companies who supplied consumer data, such as names and addresses, to entities engaged in fraudulent mass-mailing schemes. Such schemes typically involved letters sent by mail falsely promising large cash prizes or other rewards in exchange for payment of a fee.
In 2021, the Department of Justice reached Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) with two separate companies, Epsilon Data Management and KBM Group, under the terms of which the two companies admitted to selling or renting the data of millions of American consumers to the perpetrators of mass mailing fraud schemes. These companies paid a total monetary penalty of $191 million, of which $161 million is to be distributed to victims of certain mass mailing fraud schemes via a claim administrator.
Press releases describing the DPAs are available at the links below.
For further information, please visit the claim administration website consumerdatavictimcompensation.com or call the claim administrator toll-free at 833-910-4494.
Information About This Victim Compensation Program
The companies in these schemes supplied consumer data, such as names and addresses, to entities engaged in fraudulent mass-mailing schemes. Such schemes typically involved letters sent by mail falsely promising large cash prizes or other rewards in exchange for payment of a fee. The Department of Justice has identified several hundred thousand victims who are entitled to compensation based on payments they made to fraudsters. If you are an identified victim, you will receive a notice by US mail. To check whether you are an identified victim, please contact the claim administrator.
The victim compensation process in these cases will require sending compensation to up to one million victims. As a result, the Department of Justice required Epsilon Data Management and KBM Group to pay for a third-party claim administrator who is administering the compensation process under government supervision. The claim administrator for these cases is Kroll Settlement Administration, which can be contacted at the phone number or website above.
See the Frequently Asked Questions, including information about how to request that your data be deleted from these companies’ databases.
CONTACT THE CLAIM ADMINISTRATOR
Call 1-833-910-4494 or visit
Consumer Data Victim Compensation
Updated March 9, 2023