FTC says it settled with debt collector that posed as Ed McMahon

May 15, 2012|Eileen Ambrose

The Federal Trade Commission has been cracking down on businesses that try to collect debts from consumers that they don’t even owe.

Today, the agency says it had reached a $3.1 million settlement with Illinois-based Luebke Baker and Associates Inc. that tried to collect on bogus magazine subscriptions.

What caught my attention is that the FTC accused Luebke defendants as posing as Ed McMahon. Apparently, according to the FTC complaint, caller ID information was somehow rigged so that it looked like consumers were being called by McMahon, who died in 2009. This was done, the FTC says, while McMahon was still the Publishers Clearing House spokesman.

I tried to contact Luebke, and will post a response from the company if I get it.

Luebke’s nnumber on the website isn’t working. And when I called the number listed on the BBB, I was told that I won a free two-night cruise to the Bahamas for $59. When I tried to get more information, the woman answering the line says the $59 covered port fees. She also says her office was affiliated with Luebke.

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