The telemarketing business will be permanently off limits to a pitchman whom the Federal Trade Commission sued last year for allegedly tricking consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for a credit card that could only be used to buy merchandise from his companies' Web sites.

The FTC announced a settlement order last week with James Nicholson and a group of companies he controls, related to an advance-fee credit card scam and an advance-fee, interest rate reduction/debt-negotiation program.

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