Blue Hippo violates consumer protection laws, Feds say

The Blue Hippo icon on their web site.
The Blue Hippo icon on their web site.
Lucky for Tammy Marlow, she got her money back. "I didn't think I was going to get it back. I didn't think I was."
Lucky for Tammy Marlow, she got her money back. "I didn't think I was going to get it back. I didn't think I was."

You've seen the ads. You've heard the stories. They promise computers, but don't deliver. Tonight, Blue Hippo is being forced to pay.

The Federal Trade Commission has recently won its case against the company believed responsible for scamming consumers across the nation.

Call 11 for Action Problem Solver Mika Highsmith wants to make sure you aren't next.

Tammy Marlow told News 11, "I didn't think it was a scam," but she ended up paying over a 1,000 dollars.

Attracted by Blue Hippo with its promise of a new computer, or just recently added flat screens, without a credit check and with a low monthly payment. Marlow said, "They see that, and they say, 'I can afford 40 dollars a week.'"

So they sign up, and in the end... "never got it," she said.

Lucky for Marlow, she got her money back. "I didn't think I was going to get it back. I didn't think I was."

Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission, who has just ordered Blue Hippo LLC to pay out more than 5 million dollars for violating federal consumer protection laws, others may soon be getting what's due to them. Marlow said, "I think they deserve and I hope no on else throws there money away."

But with the commercials still airing, it's far from over. "I'm actually surprised with all the people complaining that they can get away with it," Marlow told Highsmith.

So take it from Tammy and buyer beware. "Stay away from them," she said, 'because you're either going to wait too long and it's going to take forever if you get your money back."

If you have been scammed please call the attorney general's office at 877-244-6446. The more complaints they compile the better the case, so don't hesitate to call.

Posted by LS