11 Call For Action Alert: Magazine Telemarketing Scam

By: Kristin Haubrich Email
By: Kristin Haubrich Email
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A lot of us sign up to get our favorite magazine in the mail. Now imagine getting locked into a subscription for magazines you don't read, and you're left with a bill for thousands of dollars.

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the crooks behind this scam. 11 News talked to a victim.

Amber Wold got a call with an intriguing offer. For just a few bucks, she'd get a yearly subscription to her favorite magazine.

"They told us at first, 'Hey, you won this. All you have to do is give us $5 and your information, and you're ready to go,'” Wold said.

Wold told 11 News the telemarketer promised she could cancel any time, so she said yes. But within a few days random magazines started showing up on her doorstep, with a huge price tag.

"Well at first it was $50...then they said because we didn't pay we owed them $1,000, and then it got to almost $2,000,” Wold said.

The Wolds say they reported the fraudulent charges to their bank. Now that the attorney general is involved, they hope to get their money back.

The attorney general says the scammers would even threaten to send customers, like the Wolds, to collection agencies if they didn't pay up.

If you believe you may have been victimized by this scam, contact the Colorado Attorney General's Office at 1-800-222-4444, or file a complaint online at www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov

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