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Feds in Minnesota charge 60 in $335M magazine fraud that defrauded seniors nationwide


October 29, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

"This case represents the largest elder fraud scheme in the nation," Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said Tuesday in announcing charges.

The 69-year-old retiree from Texas needed a moment to think about whether she felt comfortable accepting an offer to pay $500 that day to forgive her $1,100 debt to a magazine subscription company.

Purporting to be an attorney from an international firm based in Chicago, the man on the other end of the line grew impatient and threatened legal action before the woman, identified in court documents as "Betty M.," hung up the phone. In a subsequent voice mail, the man repeated his threat and told her she was being signed up for another three-year subscription.

"So you're going to receive magazines probably until the day you die," he insisted. "I hope that's what you want. Have a great day."


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