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AG halts dating service
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has obtained a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against a specialized dating service that targeted senior citizens, disabled Texans, and veterans. According to the state’s enforcement action, the defendants misled customers about the nature of the services and violated state debt collection laws. The service operated in Houston and Beaumont.
The state’s enforcement action names Javier Luna and several entities -- including Matchmaker, Sagejax Inc., and Monterrey Financial Services Inc., a debt collector -- as defendants. According to investigators, the defendants made cold calls to select individuals in order to encourage them to join the fee-based dating service. During the prospective calls, potential customers were falsely told that “thousands” of individuals were included in the dating service’s database. Further, the defendants falsely claimed to have the Better Business Bureau’s endorsement.
Potential customers were encouraged to visit the defendants’ office for an in-person consultation. Individuals who elected not to join the service and pay the fee were told to pay a “termination fee” -- or face a debt collection action by defendant Monterrey Financial.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office is seeking to secure frozen assets to satisfy a future court judgment on behalf of senior citizens and others who were harmed by the defendants.
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