Attorney General announces consumer protection lawsuit against metro-area magazine-sales telemarketing companies

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit 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 nationwide.

“There is strong evidence that these companies and individuals preyed on the elderly and consumers with cognitive disabilities — society’s most vulnerable,” Suthers said. “Businesses whose business models are reliant on fraud have no place in Colorado. We look forward to presenting our case against these telemarketing companies.”

According to the complaint, the telemarketers contacted consumers who already had subscriptions and pretend to be the company providing them magazines. 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, 1-800-222-4444 or stop.fraud@state.co.us.

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