An online operation in the business of finding potential borrowers for mortgage companies will pay a $225,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived people about mortgage terms.

The FTC charged that, a Houston-based lead generator that operates several Web sites advertising mortgages, advertised low interest-rate loans as fixed-rate mortgages when they actually were adjustable-rate mortgages that could become more expensive for borrowers over time.

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