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

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...