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Office Depot, Support.com to pay $35 million to settle FTC allegations

FILE PHOTO: shopping carts will be displayed at an Office Depot Inc store in Encinitas, California, USA, 8 May 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retailer Office Depot Inc and software company Support.com Inc have agreed to pay $35 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations of the businesses affect the consumer in the purchase of the computer repair services of the agency said on Wednesday.

Office Depot, which will pay $25 million, and the software supplier Support.com who will pay $10 million, allegedly deceived customers by claiming that the software had found malware symptoms on their computers, the FTC said.

The agency said it intends to use the money to make the money to give back to the consumer.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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