Bryan Cohen Jan. 15, 2014, 3:05pm

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced an agreement on Friday with a telemarketing company and its affiliates to resolve allegations the company used deceptive, high-pressure tactics to sell services and products.

The Tax Club Inc. charged thousands or tens of thousands of dollars for individualized services purportedly meant to help individuals build small businesses from their homes. The services included business planning and counseling, tax preparation and credit development.

In most cases, the recipients of such services allegedly received nothing for their money or services that were not tailored to the relevant business, rendering the services essentially useless.

Under the terms of the agreement, The Tax Club Inc. and its affiliates are prohibited from marketing their services and products to Oregonians. The defendants will also pay full restitution to any Oregon consumers who complain to Rosenblum's office.

"This is another victory in my office's aggressive campaign to protect Oregonians from telemarketers trying to dupe Oregonians with 'work-at-home' scams," Rosenblum said. "It's also a good reminder to hang up on any telemarketer trying to pressure you into one of these so-called 'opportunities.'"

Also named as defendants in the agreement were Manhattan Professional Group Inc., doing business as Successful Planning Group, Ikongo and All Access Books, 5410 Inc., doing business as My Business Credit Builder, Prestige Financial and The Success Online, and Ikongo Inc. The defendants did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the agreement.

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