The Office of the Attorney General has obtained a preliminary injunction order against a series of Denver, Lakewood, Littleton and Wheatridge-based magazine-sales telemarketing companies and their principals on suspicion that they deceived and defrauded consumers in Colorado and throughout the nation. The order not only prohibits the defendants from implying the solicitor is affiliated with the consumers current publisher or distributor of a particular magazine but also prevents the solicitor from representing to the consumer they are lowering the total cost of an existing subscription, lowering periodic payments, or saving the consumer money off an existing subscription if such is not the case.
According to the complaint, the telemarketers misrepresented their affiliation with the consumers existing magazine subscription company as the Defendants are suspected of obtaining consumers’ credit-card numbers under false pretenses and offering to lower consumers’ subscription payments, when they actually were trying to sign up consumers for new magazine subscriptions costing up to $1,298. The defendants also are suspected of sharing consumers’ financial information amongst themselves to sign consumers up for magazine subscriptions they had not willingly purchased.
The Office of the Attorney General’s complaint seeks to bar the 21 defendant companies, including Rocky Mountain Readers Service, as well as their principals from engaging in deceptive telemarketing. The lawsuit also seeks restitution for the companies’ consumer victims and fines related to their actions.
Consumers who believe they have been defrauded by a business can file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General via: www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/complaint