Oklahoma Attorney general's office files suit against Arizona telemarketer

Monday, September 27th 2004, 12:51 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A lawsuit filed Monday by the attorney general's office accuses an Arizona telemarketing company of offering a bogus identity theft protection service.

The suit also alleges Consumer Benefits Group Incorporated failed to register in the state and placed calls to Oklahomans on the state's "Do Not Call" list.

Each alleged violation could carry a $10,000 civil penalty.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson says telemarketers told consumers they had been placed on a list of potential identity theft targets. The state alleges the callers then offered to provide the consumer with identity theft protection for a $299 fee.

Edmondson says CBG took advantage of the public's concern about identity theft and used scare tactics to make a quick profit.