SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit today accusing a former Bremerton couple who sold magazine subscriptions on eBay of violating consumer protection laws. Attorney General Rob McKenna said more than 30,000 consumers nationwide purchased subscriptions but never received their magazines.
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection High-Tech Unit filed the suit today in King County Superior Court against Eireen Ejem-Dagohoy and her husband, Wilmyr Dagohoy. The couple, who moved to Long, Beach, Calif., from Bremerton, Wash., sold magazine subscriptions under the name Cheapest-Magz using the eBay auction site.
“Online merchants aren’t beyond the reach of the Attorney General’s Office,” McKenna said. ”Cheapest-Magz collected plenty of money but never delivered the magazines.”
According to the state’s complaint, thousands of consumers paid Cheapest-Magz anywhere from $5 to several hundred dollars for subscriptions to publications such as Newsweek, Computer Shopper, Oprah, Golf Digest, Wired, TV Guide, Sporting News, Muscle and Fitness and Details.
Paula Selis, a senior assistant attorney general who leads the High-Tech Unit, said the state initiated its investigation after eBay informed the office that approximately 34,000 consumers, including about 1,000 Washington residents, had lost more than $300,000 to Cheapest-Magz. The company is no longer doing business.
Consumers who purchased subscriptions from Cheapest-Magz but did not receive their magazines can file a complaint with the Washington Attorney General’s Office online at www.atg.wa.gov or call 1-800-551-4636 (number available in-state only) to request a complaint form.
Media Contacts: Kristin Alexander, Media Relations Manager, (206) 464-6432
Paula Selis, Senior Counsel, (206) 464-7662