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The “Magazine Scam”

Target Confused Seniors With Magazine Rip-Off Scams

The Magazine Scam – Victim Information

From the U.S. Attorney, District of Minnesota

What is the “Magazine Case”?

The “magazine case” is a series of federal cases brought in the District of Minnesota, which charge more than 60 defendants with a telemarketing scam that swindled seniors and other vulnerable victims out of more than $300 million. The scam has been going on for at least twenty years, and it has victimized well more than 100,000 people. The companies who perpetrated this scheme were located in Minnesota as well as in states across the country and were also located in Canada and The Philippines. The victims of this scheme were located in all 50 U.S. states.

How It Worked?

The defendants carried out their telemarketing fraud scheme by calling victims/consumers who had one or more existing magazine subscriptions and offering to reduce the cost of an existing magazine subscription.


In reality, they were not calling from the victims/consumers’ magazine companies, and they were not calling to reduce the cost of an existing subscription.