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FTC wins restraining orders against fake loan relief

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday it recently filed five new cases and won temporary restraining orders against 30 defendants whom the agency accused of defrauding students in need of help repaying school loans.

Those cases, along with other actions in recent months, were aimed at stopping fraud that the agency estimated had cost students $95 million in illegal fees.

"Winter is coming for debt relief scams that prey on hardworking Americans struggling to pay back their student loans," said Maureen Ohlhausen, acting FTC chairman.

The restraining orders stopped the frauds and froze the companies' assets, the FTC said in a release.

The FTC worked with 11 states and the District of Columbia to file the lawsuits. Americans owe more than $1.4 trillion in student loans, the second largest segment of U.S. debt after mortgages, the FTC said. (Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)