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"On February 12, 2020, the FTC filed a massive 8000+ page lawsuit alleging that the Online Trading Academy ripped off thousands of consumers for a total of $370 million dollars, since at least 2014." Tradingschools' article: -> https://www.tradingschools.org/online-trading-academy-yes-its-a-fraud/


FTC lawsuit -> https://www.tradingschools.org/online-trading-academy-ftc-lawsuit/
restraining order and assets freeze -> https://www.tradingschools.org/online-trading-academy-restraining-order-and-asset-freeze/

"the Federal Trade Commission was thorough…they subpoenaed TradeStation Securities.
..
The Federal subpoena was clear. The FTC wanted the names, addresses, phone numbers, and most importantly…the account statements of each and every victim of Online Trading Academy.
..
According to court records, the Federal Trade Commission individually analyzed 4,799 trading accounts.

The average account size varied between $5k to $15k. Of all of these accounts, 74.9% of the accounts lost an average of 94%.

Typically, the accounts were drained to nothing within 6-months. Which seems to perfectly match when consumers were required to pay off their $60k debt, at 18% interest.
Consumers that refused to pay, or could not pay were threatened with lawsuits and negative credit reporting.
One victim, in particular, lost his entire life savings of $1,364,337."


Emmett's comment: "After the lawsuit was filed…people came out of the woodwork like crazy. There are so many ex-employees with stories to tell. And wow, some of the ex-students are howling mad and want blood. In the past several years of writing reviews, I have never seen the level of intensity from consumers. The pitchforks are out. The tar is bubbling. The feathers are ready. And it is a complicated situation because the people that own franchises are sitting on now worthless businesses…and deservedly so. The whole business model was a scam from Day 1. Of course, Online Trading Academy is going to cite a survey they recently sent to thousands of their students claiming the “education” was of value, and how satisfied they are. But these poor fools that signed the survey don’t even realize that if they signed that survey, they are going to have a difficult time getting their money back in a settlement with the FTC. It not too often that I hope to get sued. But this is one of the rare situations where I would love to conduct discovery and depositions. There is so much more unpublished information. How these guys are not in jail is amazing."

Finally, an era is over for this upselling scam. So much shilling posts done on other forums, and ripoffreport was bribed to take down past bad reviews.

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"On February 12, 2020, the FTC filed a massive 8000+ page lawsuit alleging that the Online Trading Academy ripped off thousands of consumers for a total of $370 million dollars, since at least 2014." Tradingschools' article: -> https://www.tradingschools.org/online-trading-academy-yes-its-a-fraud/


FTC lawsuit -> https://www.tradingschools.org/online-trading-academy-ftc-lawsuit/
restraining order and assets freeze -> https://www.tradingschools.org/online-trading-academy-restraining-order-and-asset-freeze/

"the Federal Trade Commission was thorough…they subpoenaed TradeStation Securities.
..
The Federal subpoena was clear. The FTC wanted the names, addresses, phone numbers, and most importantly…the account statements of each and every victim of Online Trading Academy.
..
According to court records, the Federal Trade Commission individually analyzed 4,799 trading accounts.

The average account size varied between $5k to $15k. Of all of these accounts, 74.9% of the accounts lost an average of 94%.

Typically, the accounts were drained to nothing within 6-months. Which seems to perfectly match when consumers were required to pay off their $60k debt, at 18% interest.
Consumers that refused to pay, or could not pay were threatened with lawsuits and negative credit reporting.
One victim, in particular, lost his entire life savings of $1,364,337."


Emmett's comment: "After the lawsuit was filed…people came out of the woodwork like crazy. There are so many ex-employees with stories to tell. And wow, some of the ex-students are howling mad and want blood. In the past several years of writing reviews, I have never seen the level of intensity from consumers. The pitchforks are out. The tar is bubbling. The feathers are ready. And it is a complicated situation because the people that own franchises are sitting on now worthless businesses…and deservedly so. The whole business model was a scam from Day 1. Of course, Online Trading Academy is going to cite a survey they recently sent to thousands of their students claiming the “education” was of value, and how satisfied they are. But these poor fools that signed the survey don’t even realize that if they signed that survey, they are going to have a difficult time getting their money back in a settlement with the FTC. It not too often that I hope to get sued. But this is one of the rare situations where I would love to conduct discovery and depositions. There is so much more unpublished information. How these guys are not in jail is amazing."

Finally, an era is over for this upselling scam. So much shilling posts done on other forums, and ripoffreport was bribed to take down past bad reviews.

Now I know why the trainers were intent on getting "feedback" of course when it was done. I would be surprised if there were many who gave below satisfied in that.

I hope that is thrown out of courts, they blatantly gave BS to students saying "its for improvement" etc

Very clever scam indeed. I hope they start investigating its overseas branches as well.

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Online Trading Academy final settlement. Sad to see so many people that were scammed out of several thousands of dollars. FTC lawsuit final settlement and press release is below.

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2020/09/ftc-settlement-requires-online-trading-academy-forgive-consumer


https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/x200032_online_trading_academy_-_final_order.pdf

Debt forgiveness from Online Trading Academy.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/09/are-you-eligible-debt-forgiveness-online-training-academy

https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/faq-online-trading-academy

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Thanks, I wish they would also have some way bring international branches of OTA to same justice. Amount of people they have scammed is LOT bigger outside US than within US.

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Buyers beware, Online Trading Academy fraudsters are popping up everywhere. Get this out and stay away from these guys.

https://theseidenstrategies.com/

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Here is a link with a list of instructors that were at Online Trading Academy. Watch for their names in trading forums.

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