Reader Service Compliment - Fraudulent magazine subscriptions

Review by frustrated in New York on 2010-06-22
DO NOT HAVE ADDRESS OR STATE -- Approximately one and one-half years ago I began to receive magazine subscriptions that I did not order, nor did not want. A representative from the company called to see if I had received them, and at that time I told her to cancel the subscriptions, that I did not order them, and did not want them. Since then I have received numerous calls from them, and have told them the same thing: please cancel, did not order and do not want. They apparently renewed the subscriptions, since a year has passed and I'm still receiving them. Now the recent calls have been from collection agencies saying if I wanted to cancel, I would have to pay a $250 cancellation fee. Last evening when they called I asked for the name of the company they represent, and hesitantly they gave me a suspicious name, and when I said I was going to call the Better Business Bureau, they hung up on me.
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-06-22
Posted by lily on 2010-06-22:
I always thought that if you received something in the mail that you didn't order, you could keep it free of charge. (I might be wrong, but if I get a magazine I didn't order, I sure as heck aren't going to pay for it!)

This company is obviously not a real company, just some scammers trying to sucker money out of unsuspecting people.

I have Caller ID, and wouldn't even answer their calls, but my next line of defense would be to keep a police whistle next to the phone, and when the scammers call you, blow as hard as you can into the phone.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-22:
It happens frequently, people getting mags they did not order. Usually resolved by letting the company know you did not order, and nobody I know has ever had to pay for the unwanted, unsolicited mags. The companies write it off.
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-06-22:
I looked this up. There is a Reader Service, a division of © 2009 Harlequin Enterprises Limited and a United Readers Service that I bet is the company that pulled this stunt. With the United Readers Service it states somewhere: Our sales are virtually all obtained through comprehensive and professionally conducted telemarketing sales programs.

It appears to me, since you said you didn't order anything, one of the telemarketing individuals obtained a mailing location for you and decided to earn a little commission. Or that's their usual way of conducting business.

I also was told if something was received, not ordered, the individual was under no obligation to pay for or to return. It was to be considered a gift. I expect some pay just to get the people off their backs because they don't have time to deal with it. Unfortunately you are only inviting them to try it again. Thanks for the warning.

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