OR publishing group scammed nursing home residents with overpriced subscriptions, authorities charge

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Scammers based in Oregon have been targeting nursing home residents in Wisconsin, tricking them into overpaying for magazine subscriptions, authorities claim in a recently filed lawsuit.

In one example of the purported scam, nursing home residents and other seniors were offered a $499 yearly subscription to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, when the actual cost is $182, according to The Associated Press. The victims allegedly received mail notifications warning them that their subscriptions were about to lapse, when in fact they were not, and some invoices listed a nonexistent publication called the Madison State Journal. The victims in some cases never received the publications they subscribed to through the scheme, the suit claims.

Liberty Publishers Services and Orbital Publishing Group are the defendants in the suit, which was filed Nov. 25 in Madison by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Wall Street Journal and other publications have said they will not honor renewals or subscriptions coming through the company, or have posted fraud alerts on their websites warning consumers not to do business with them, the AP reported last Wednesday.

The lawsuit seeks $200 per violation in addition to other forfeitures.