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Arizona telemarketer fined $110,000 for magazine subscription scam

PHOENIX — An Arizona telemarketer has been fined $110,000 for operating a magazine subscription scam.

Burudi Mwonyoni and his company, Publishers Service Office, Inc., contacted almost 50,000 people a month to sell them new or renewed magazine subscriptions, which they were not actually authorized to charge or bill customers for.

“I’m as annoyed as anyone by relentless and illegal telemarketing phone calls,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a press release late last week.

The company also allegedly disguised its phone numbers to make it appear as if the calls were from the same state or area code as the person they were calling.

In addition to paying the fine, Publishers Service Office may not call consumers and attempt to sell them new subscriptions or collect any payment for ones already sold.

The lawsuit was filed in December.

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